Initially intended to honor the beliefs or rulers of the day, public art has evolved along with society toward a more open form of expression. Learn more about Phoenix’s growing culture of “public art” during a presentation and slide show set for 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11 at the Shemer Art Center, 5005 E. Camelback Road.

Besides art commissioned by elected officials to grace a public space, commemorate a moment in local history or recognize a prominent citizen, today’s entrepreneurs and patrons have realized that associating art with their name adds status to it. Freelance artists also contribute unsolicited art—graffitis, murals—that at its best and most recognizable (i.e. Banksy), delivers powerful social statements that cannot be ignored.

There is a $10 requested contribution for the presentation, snacks and refreshments. Seating is limited, RSVP using the following link:




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