Odyssey Sculpture by Ray Katz in White River State Park, indianapolis

Current practices in public art have developed to reward ways of working and aesthetic approaches that often do not equitably reflect the practices and concerns. Access to public art projects may be inadvertently cut off for some artists unless equity is kept at the forefront. This participatory workshop will address new considerations where equity in public art can be increased. The workshop will also provide the opportunity for attendees to develop for their own strategies.

In this session you will:

  • Learn about four areas where they can increase equity in their public art program.

  • Hear case studies of equity-based public art programming.

  • Discuss their own public art equity situations with experts for feedback.

Presented by:


Amina Cooper
Public Director, Public Art CLT

Amina has spent the past ten years developing strategies that increase the capacity of community-based artists and arts organizations. She has served as a curator and public arts manager at the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC), helping to lead conservation, maintenance, policy development and commissioning for the county. With an interest in best practices and cultural equity, Amina has worked on projects involving strategic planning, community outreach and fundraising for public art projects in underserved communities.

Julia Muney Moore

Julia Muney Moore
Director of Public Art
Arts Council of Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Julia has been a curator, educator, and public art administrator for over 30 years, the last 5 of which have been with the Arts Council of Indianapolis. She is an elected member of the national Public Art Network Council of Americans for the Arts, serving on its Cultural Equity subcommittee.

Sean Starowitz

Sean Starowitz
Assistant Director of Economic Development for the Arts
City of Bloomington
Bloomington, Indiana

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Sean lives/works in Bloomington and is the Assistant Director of Economic Development for the Arts. His notable projects include Fresh Bread, BREAD! KC and Byproduct: The Laundromat. He has also explored curatorial projects such as The Speakeasy, and Vagabond, Kansas City’s premiere pop-up restaurant.

Leila Tamari

Leila Tamari
Senior Program Officer
ArtPlace America
New York, New York

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Leila is the Senior Program Officer at ArtPlace America. In her three year tenure at ArtPlace, she co-designed and co-led the National Creative Placemaking Fund, which invested $86.4 million in 279 creative placemaking projects across the United States from 2011-2017.