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Who We Are

Public Art Saint Paul (PASP) is a private, non-profit organization working in partnership with the City of Saint Paul to imagine and create a more just, sustainable, and beautiful city. By placing artists in leading roles, we help shape public spaces, improve city systems, and deepen civic engagement.

Our artists research and help plan public projects and developments, such as Kellogg Mall and Mears Parks. We also commission, produce, and tend to public art—from Minnesota Rocks to 1,000 poems stamped in sidewalks to the remarkable Urban Flower Field. On top of that, we transform civic life through such innovations as the University Avenue Project, Pop Up Meeting, Western Sculpture Park, and CREATE: The Community Meal.

From small-scale gestures to large-scale events, Public Art Saint Paul creates more beautiful communities and fosters more inclusive civic life. Over 30 years, our work has become essential to the fabric of daily life in Saint Paul.


Our Mission, Vision & Values

Mission

Public Art Saint Paul makes St. Paul a better city by placing artists in leading roles to shape public spaces, improve city systems, and deepen civic engagement.

Vision

Through daring leadership, we will champion innovative public art practice, imagining and creating with artists, civic leaders, and our neighbors a 21st century city that is just, sustainable, and beautiful.

Values

Boldness: We are daring in challenging the status quo and in providing bold and creative leadership.
Equity: We value Accessibility and inclusiveness and are committed to fostering a just and Beloved Community.
Beauty: We value quality, excellence, and extraordinarily strong and impactful art.
Joy: We bring fun, celebration, and play into city life and into the way we work together.
Stewardship: We take seriously our responsibility for the art we produce, restore, and maintain; our organization’s financial health; and the stewardship of donor and partner relationships.

Strategic Goals for 2016–2019

1) Build and strengthen collaborative relationships to leverage our impact.

2) Clarify and integrate priorities to ensure focus and synergy across the organization.

3) Grow visibility to communicate the organization’s powerful, cutting-edge work, value to the city, bold vision and leadership.

4) Create intentional time organization-wide to dream about innovative ideas and new opportunities that impact public art, city making, and city systems.

5) Build organizational capacity.



Board

 

 

Not pictured:
Nick Fox / Rich Lallier / Heather Peterson / Marilyn Porter / Ahmed Tharwat / Yamy Vang / Christine Podas-Larson (Honorary Emeritus) / Tom Eggum (Honorary Emeritus) / Emmy Treichel (Honorary Emeritus) / Toni Carter (Ex-Officio) / Mayor Chris Coleman (Ex-Officio)