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Public Art Ordinance

In 2009, the City of Saint Paul enacted a powerful Public Art Ordinance, drafted by Public Art Saint Paul at the request of the City Council. Its visionary legislative purpose and intention is clear … “the city council believes that planning and development decisions should give aesthetic and social value equal weight with any project’s functional and economic values…Public art strengthens public places and enhances and promotes Saint Paul’s identity as a livable and creative city and a desirable place to live, work and visit.”

An underlying Ordinance principle holds that artists should be involved from the earliest stages of conceptual planning, and continue through project design and implementation. Through the Ordinance artists add their perspectives and insights to the City’s plans and capital project designs, as well as create public art for capital projects. The Ordinance encourages performances, installations, events and other temporary works. It also embraces Public Art Saint Paul’s privately-funded City Artist Program, with City Artists curating major projects that play out citywide over a long arc of time.

After its adoption and with grant support from Saint Paul Cultural STAR and others, Public Art Saint Paul worked with a City staff working group to develop Guidelines and a Technical Manual to guide Ordinance implementation. Public Art Saint Paul continues to serve as Ordinance administrator, supported by grants and working from a base in the City’s Department of Financial Services. We train and support City staff in Ordinance implementation and project management.

Ordinance Materials can be found on the City of Saint Paul website: The Ordinance itself; Guidelines; Technical Manual; Public Art Ideas List; and a current list of eligible projects.


About the Artist

Regina Flanagan

Regina M. Flanagan, Art • Landscape • Design, is an artist, arts administrator and professional landscape architect. Regina holds Master degrees in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and in Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota College of Design. She brings an artist’s perspective as an innovator, and also the expertise of an administrator and landscape architect, to the administration of the City of Saint Paul’s Public Art Ordinance Program funded by Public Art Saint Paul.

Regina directed public art programs for the State of Wisconsin and the State of Minnesota, completing over 135 projects, and has created public art plans, studies and guidelines and conducted demonstration projects for municipalities including Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her contributions to journals and textbooks include an essay, “The Millennium Park Effect: A Tale of Two Cities”, published in The Practice of Public Art by Routledge USA in 2008.

Regina’s photography has been featured in over 85 exhibitions and in 2014, she was awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Artists Initiative Grant to continue her series about the aftermath of the Pagami Creek Fire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.


Team, Partners & Funders

The Ordinance Administration Team
Regina Flanagan, Ordinance Administrator and lead author of the Guidelines, Technical Manual and Public Art Ideas List
Todd Hurley, Director, Saint Paul Office of Financial Services
Colleen Sheehy, Executive Director, Public Art Saint Paul

The Public Art Ordinance Oversight Committee
City of Saint Paul
Council President Russ Stark
Joe Spencer, Office of Mayor Coleman
Todd Hurley, Director Office of Financial Services
Kathy Lantry, Director Department of Public Works
Michael Hahm, Director Department of Parks and Recreation
Jonathan Sage-Martinsen, Director Department of Planning and Economic Development
Kit Hadley, Director Saint Paul Public Library
Bruce Beese, Public Works
Lucy Thompson, Planning and Economic Development
Public Art Saint Paul Board of Directors
Bob Bierscheid
Heather Peterson
Rich Lallier
Pierce Cancer
Ramsey County
Bruce Thompson, Property Manager
Members of the Arts and Design Community
Tim Griffin, Saint Paul Design Center
Steve Dietz, Northern Lights.mn

Saint Paul Cultural STAR
The Katherine B. Andersen Fund
The Saint Paul Foundation
The F. R. Bigelow Foundation
The Mardag Foundation
The voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.