The intergenerational volunteer team at the Covington community mosaic studio enjoy craft work and conversation.

Community-generated public art builds social capital, the sense of connectedness among members of a community. Public art projects can transform bland public spaces into visually exciting places that encourage civic dialogue.

Collaborative public art projects create opportunities for intergenerational work and communication, for youths to contribute positively to their local enviroment, and for individuals  to use their creative talents for the public good.

High quality collaborative public art projects result from thoughtful, carefully conceived community design processes. Skilled community public artists structure engaging activities through which diverse groups of people come together to research the past, reflect on the present, and imagine their future.

In this section, Jon Pounds and Olivia Gude share a variety of techniques for planning and designing collaborative public art and reflect on the significance of this work in creating a functional, democratic society. Also included is a helpful outline, “Chicago Public Art Group’s Steps for Creating Community Designed Places.” The portfolios in this section represent a variety of complex community processes that resulted in unique, significant community landmarks.