TEDxUF: Connecting Communities Through Public Art

The following essay is based on the talk given at the independently organized by the Gainesville, Florida community TEDxUF 2017 (Theme: Transparent), a conference that took place at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Gainesville, Florida, on April 1, 2017. The essay submitted to the School of Art + Art History
College of the Arts University of Florida in partial fulfillment of the application for the degree of Master of Arts in Museum Studies.

The subject of the talk is based on personal ideas and experiences arising out of organizing public art events locally (Florida) and internationally (Ukraine). The most unusual or provocative artworks were selected.  The criteria for this selection was based on those artworks that received the most attention in the media and in publications of relevant street art blogs conveying the idea of connecting communities through public art. Street art has always been a tool for sharing opinions, asking difficult questions, and expressing political and environmental concerns in a public space.  This essay seeks to uncover some of these aspects of public art.

The video from the original talk can be accessed by following the link.

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About the author: Iryna