Pubilc Art

Artwork from Burning Man

Washington, DC is known for historic monuments and national treasures. The central business district is not necessarily known as a hub for artistic creativity or for being “cool.” However, in 2017, the Golden Triangle BID embarked on a groundbreaking partnership with the Smithsonian’s historic Renwick Gallery to change that perception. The fruits of this collaboration, six breathtaking, large-scale public art installations, are on view now through December 2018 throughout the Golden Triangle, all within a short walk of the museum. The installations are part of a larger exhibition dedicated to the art of Burning Man, an annual festival that takes place in Nevada. The Renwick had access to more artwork than they could physically fit into the gallery so the first-ever outdoor extension of a Renwick exhibition was born. As a result, residents and tourists now have the opportunity to experience these extraordinary artworks on a daily basis. To track community engagement, the BID has installed pedestrian counters near the artwork locations to develop estimates on visitors. The exhibitions have generated national and international press coverage including The Washington Post, BBC and National Geographic. The artworks remind people to slow down and shake up routines in a way that is joyful and unexpected.

Kemi Ilesanmi Master Talk

Kemi Ilesanmi is the Executive Director of The Laundromat Project, which brings arts, artists, and arts programming into local coinops to amplify the creativity that already exists within communities. With over 15 years experience in the cultural arena, she is inspired by the immense possibilities for joy and social impact at the intersection of arts and community. Prior to joining The LP, she was Director of Grants and Services at Creative Capital Foundation.

A Creative Placemaking Guide for Business Districts to Work With Local Artists

This creative placemaking toolkit was created specifically for business districts, offering guidance on engagement with local artists to best enhance the experience and vitality of a place. This guide showcases strategies to integrate the talents and ideas of multiple artists to best address the unique opportunities and challenges in BIDs. The toolkit includes case studies of the six unique placemaking projects funded by IDA, Springboard for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.