Administering public art programs in Arizona's cities and towns: Development, operation, and promotion

Jessica L. DeShazo, Zachary A Smith

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This article contributes to our understanding public art at the local level by providing analysis of local government public art programs. A survey was conducted with cities and towns in Arizona that have public art programs. The article begins by defining public art and explaining how government funding for public art began in the United States. Next, it highlights the benefits of public art. Public art program funding sources, budgets, maintenance, personnel, and promotion techniques are discussed for the cities/towns surveyed. Last, recommendations are provided for cities/towns seeking to create or expand their public art programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-32
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Arts Management Law and Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014



  • Arizona
  • Local government programs
  • Public art

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Law
  • Strategy and Management

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