Determined to Be

Public Art, How To Start?

Event Information
Rhoden Arts Center
Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
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General Public
Lori Waselchuk
event graphic with rendering of a sculpture proposal and the bio photos for the two featured artists

Join us for Public Art, How to Start: The Power of Collaboration! This in-person workshop will highlight the power of leveraging artistic collaborations to win public art projects. Find your own potential collaborators during an “Artist Match” networking experience! Featuring artist team Michael Coppage & Dyymond Whipper-Young. This workshop is presented in partnership between PAFA and The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE).

This event is open to all and will be held at PAFA in the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building, 128 N. Broad Street. Light refreshments will be provided. 

The first half of the workshop will feature a presentation by Michael Coppage (PAFA MFA Alum) and Dyymond Whipper-Young, who will share their experiences applying for public art opportunities as an emerging artist team. Participants will see examples of their recent public art designs, hear what makes their artistic collaboration successful, and learn how it has increased their capacity to apply for and win public art commissions. Their presentation will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Marguerite Anglin, the City’s Public Art Director. The second half of this in-person workshop will provide an “Artist Match” opportunity for participants to meet other artists and find their own potential artistic collaborators, through facilitated ice breakers and small groups. This workshop is intended to benefit artists new to public art as well as emerging public artists looking to grow their practice.

“Public Art, How to Start?” is a quarterly professional development workshop series hosted by the City’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. The purpose of this virtual series is to demystify the public art process for local and emerging artists in Philadelphia who are interested in competing for public art opportunities. Visit for more information and to view recordings from past workshops.