If you read the first page of this site, you know I am in the midst of some grown up gap years. I am exploring new places, picking up my pace on personal creative projects, and connecting with new consulting opportunities. Although I love my work in Pittsburgh, I want different perspectives and experiences that I can only find by traveling and having time to think and experiment with new ideas.
I feel fortunate my work in the field of public art was recognized by two organizations. First, in 2017 the entire team of the Office of Public Art received the Ally of the Year Award from Neighborhood Allies. The photo on the right in the screenshot below shows the OPA team of Kahmeela Friedson, Sallyann Kluz, me, Derek Reese, and Rachel Klipa joined by artist John Pena (far left) and artist James Simon (far right).
Then, in 2018 I received an email that left me stunned. I sat in the parking lot of the Oak Cliff library in Dallas, Texas rereading the message again and again. I was nominated and received the PAN Award for Leadership in Public Art.
It is truly remarkable to be recognized by colleagues who know how much it takes to get things done.
For the PAN Award event in Denver, I developed the talk below that focuses on issues I think are important in the field as well as some of the things I wish I knew when I started out. I am sharing it with the hope that it is helpful to others working in the public realm.