The Civic Art Division contracts for a variety of professional art services including with artists for the creation of permanent and temporary artworks, graphic designers, photographers, conservators for artwork cleaning and conservation services, and art consultants for civic art project management oversight, among others. If you are awarded a contract for a Civic Art related project, you must be willing to enter into a contract with LA County. Sample agreements are included below. The Department of Arts and Culture reserves the right to revise or change its form agreement at any time, for any reason, and to require consultants to use the revised form for contracting purposes. Specific details included in a consultant agreement will vary from the sample agreements.

General Consultant Agreement            Art Consultant Agreement            Artist Agreement

Public art practice is increasingly expected to connect the community, activate space, transform experiences, and inform the final artwork—manifesting and characterized loosely as public engagement. The following resources are for artists and administrators who wish to fill their public engagement toolkit. These materials reflect various perspectives on public engagement tactics and methodologies, ranging from arts education to social practice and community planning. It is not a finite bibliography, rather a touchstone for developing your own public engagement strategies.

Originally compiled for a roundtable session at the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Preconference, June 12–15, 2003. Session facilitators: Margaret Bruning, Director of Civic Art, Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture; Leslie Fordham, Administrator, Broward County, Florida Public Art & Design; Aliza Schiff, Public Art Project Manager, Arlington County, Virginia