The Public Art Archive is proud to announce it will now house the Public Art in Private Development (PAPD) Database, originally built and maintained by art lawyer and subject expert Sarah Conley Odenkirk.
Welcome to the Public Art in Private Development Database
Under the Shadow of a Big Tree (2009). By Ilan Averbuch. Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority Percent for Art Collection. Courtesy: Ilan Averbuch.
The PAPD Database is a dynamic collection of official ordinance documentation and other supporting materials created by communities across the United States pertaining to public art in private development programs. It is an invaluable resource for municipalities, developers, transportation hubs, art consultants, and any others involved with the implementation of public art for private development programs for their communities.
About the PAPD Database
The PAPD Database represents years of work by Sarah Conley Odenkirk and her team to gather documents, analyze information from communities around the United States, and compile it into an accessible database. When the project began in 2013, it focused on finding out how many communities across the country have some sort of ordinance or policy that relates to public art for private development. As it turns out, the answer is quite a few.
Since 2013, Odenkirk and her team have added more than 90 communities, and the numbers will continue to grow as the PAA team begins its stewardship of the database.
What’s in the PAPD Database?
All public art requirements, including those in private development, are defined and specified in ordinances, policies, and other supporting documentation like master plans and development guidelines. These requirements evolve in different ways and for a variety of reasons, often involving complex strategic planning and policy implementation processes. Numerous parties contribute to this process, including municipal administrators and city attorneys, who work in coordination to ensure the resulting policy facilitates constructive community involvement. The resources in this database allow users to understand the nature and scope of existing PAPD programs and can help municipalities and developers define and implement best practices for their circumstances and communities.
The database contains all underlying documentation, including publicly-available and online material. Wherever possible, all citations to reference information are included, as well as the specific people to contact for each program. Where applicable and feasible, you will also find the actual legal text.
Odenkirk and her team made efforts to contact every public art administrator for each community to verify that the information is up to date and complete. As part of the migration of this database to the Public Art Archive, the PAA team reviewed each policy link to update the documentation as needed. Nevertheless, we will continue to update this database from time to time with new information and communities. If you discover that any of the material needs to be updated or revised or that we missed your community altogether, please complete the online form.
Sarah Conley Odenkirk continues to be a resource and represents artists and communities around the country. She is a partner and Co-Head of the Fine Art and NFT practice group at Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP. Reach out to Sarah via email.