Public Art 101

A series of professional development workshops

A logo for Public Art 101
A logo for Public Art 101

The Project

UPDATED: February 21, 2024

Due to high interest in our upcoming Public Art 101 session, this workshop has been rescheduled to February 28, 2024 at a larger venue. There is now a waitlist for this event, but a recording will be made available on our website. Details for future sessions will be updated shortly.

Public Art 101 is a series of professional development workshops designed for artists and members of community groups and commissioning bodies who would like to learn what it takes to create  a successful public art project. These workshops will be led by Dawn van de Schoot, an experienced public art project lead with Calgary Arts Development.

Workshop topics are based on requests from the community and are intended to demystify the public art process in all phases of development — applications, budgets, community engagement, fabrication and more. These in-person sessions are free with registration and open to all who are interested in attending. Each session will have a formal presentation, time for Q&A and an informal networking period afterwards. Session presentations will be recorded and made available on our website no more than two weeks after the event (no registration required for viewing).

Alongside the workshop series, Calgary Arts Development is developing the Public Art 101 cohort. This is a more specialized training program for emerging local public artists with a focus on mentorship and career development, with unique project opportunities specific to the group. More details about the cohort will be available later this year.

Upcoming Sessions:
  • February 28, 2024 – The Five Ws of Public Art: Meet the Public Art team at Calgary Arts Development, learn about what we’re working on and explore the future of public art in Calgary. Register Here.
  • March 27, 2024 – The Public Art Process: Designed for artists, community groups and commissioning bodies, this workshop will provide an outline of the steps from A-Z of building a successful public art project. Register Here.


Public Art 101

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150 9 Avenue Southwest

About the Artist

Dawn Van de Schoot is a public art consultant and project manager with an expertise in arts-based community development. With over 17 years of experience in Public Art, Dawn has mentored and guided countless artists towards career growth and development in public art and she looks forward to bringing this experience to the Public Art 101 series at Calgary Arts Development.