Document Type

Master's Report

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Arts Administration




The subject of this report concerns one organization that has been at the forefront of the contemporary public art movement. The Public Art Fund Inc., an eleven year-old, private nonprofit organization dedicated to the integration of art in urban settings, can be viewed as a case study in the challenges and problems of public art administration. Founded one decade after the newly created National Endowment for the Arts awarded its first grant for a public art project in 1967, the Public Art Fund has grown with the public art movement by adapting with innovation and dedication to its changing concerns. Exploring the strengths and weaknesses of the Public Art Fund offers insight into special nature of public art administration as well as into