WHY IS PUBLIC ART IMPORTANT TO US?
Public art can celebrate and make visible our aspirations, values and heritage. It can give expression to the many directions that constitute our communities and can characterize our sense of place. Public art can be used to activate space and invigorate communities. Thoughtfully implemented public art can offer cultural meaning to Anaheim and convey its spirit and energy to ourselves and our visitors.
WHY DOES ANAHEIM NEED A PUBLIC ART PLAN?
The Anaheim Public Art Master Plan will help integrate and unite our city together through defining and projecting our values and unique qualities to the immediate region and the world beyond our borders. Our plan will create a roadmap for how we begin to activate our many communities to implement and enjoy public art while also celebrating Anaheim’s spirit and artistic expressions.
HOW CAN PUBLIC ART TRANSFORM A CITY?
Public art provides meaning to our public spaces, reflects our history, current conditions and the aspirations of our city. It adds uniqueness to our neighborhoods, and humanizes our built environment. Public art provides the intersection between our past, present, and future, and also has the power to elevate and unite our city through its unique ability to create gains in social, economic, and cultural value.
- Social Value: When people see themselves reflected in their civic spaces, they have a sense of attachment that allows them to feel ownership and respect.
- Economic Value: Enhancing the identity and character of Anaheim through public art directly supports cultural tourism and economic development strategies, which can attract and retain residents.
- Cultural Value: Public Art has the power to invite contemplation, cultivate curiosity and creative thinking, and to create uniqueness through the reflection of local history and culture which gives communities a sense of place and identity.