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Artist-led Community Outreach Project by Mobile Arts Platform

Artist-led Community Outreach Project by Mobile Arts Platform

The City of Palo Alto Public Art Program presents What's the Big Idea?, an artist-led community outreach project by Mobile Arts Platform (MAP) to engage residents in conversation on the future of public art. Artists Peter Foucault and Chris Treggiari (MAP) will set up their bicycle mounted art making stations for 18 participatory-based events across various locations in Palo Alto throughout September and October. The information gathered will inform the public art master plan, which is projected for completion in the spring of 2016.

For this project, the MAP artists will travel across Palo Alto on two custom built bicycles with trailers that convert to mobile art making and idea-generating spaces. This project will directly engage Palo Alto’s intrinsically creative and diverse population that may not have the time or the inclination to attend a formal community outreach meeting. Participants will be asked to respond to the prompt: How can artists make Palo Alto a more vibrant or livable city? Public responses to the question will be tweeted and displayed on a large LCD reader board attached to the MAP trailer.  The artists will produce interactive "idea patent" posters where participants of all ages can share their thoughts on what they would design or build given unlimited resources. All of the images, video interviews and social media posts will be uploaded onto an online archive and inform the public art master plan. 

The artists kicked off the project with appearances at King Plaza in downtown Palo Alto, Midtown Shopping Center, Rinconada Park, as well as the California Avenue Farmers Market, and will next appear on Friday, Sept. 18 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Palo Alto Art Center. 

The full schedule of venues where the M.A.P. project will be can be found at  

About the Public Art Master Plan

The City of Palo Alto Public Art Program is currently undertaking a year-long Public Art Master Planning process with consultants Barbara Goldstein and Gail Goldman. The Public Art Master Plan will provide a clear vision for the future of public art in Palo Alto for the next decade. The plan will outline goals for Palo Alto’s public art placement, programming and themes, identify strategic partnerships and funding opportunities, make policy and procedure recommendations, and provide direction for ongoing program development and management. The Master Plan will support increased opportunities for diverse public art programming and celebrate art as an essential element for a thriving community.

About the Palo Alto Public Art Program

The City of Palo Alto Public Art Program is committed to contributing to the intellectual, emotional, and creative life of the Palo Alto community by creating engaging art experiences and dynamic public spaces for Palo Alto residents and visitors. The Public Art Commission (PAC) reviews and advises the Public Art Program on selection, placement, and care of public art throughout the City of Palo Alto. 

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Last Updated: September 18, 2015