How Public Art Makes Spaces into Places

CultureHouse Harvard
Cloudgate (“The Bean”) in Chicago on the left, Urban Light exhibition in LA on the right
Sombrillas de Tlaquepaque, Guadalajara, Mexico
Valerie Imparato with her mural at CultureHouse Harvard
Inside of CultureHouse Harvard

“Culture is not only beneficial to cities; in a deeper sense, it’s what cities are for. A city without poets, painters and photographers is sterile.” -Rebecca Solnit.

Public art can bring life, meaning, and joy into community spaces and is an integral aspect of placemaking. Next time you’re in the city, remember to look up and pause, interact, participate. Don’t pass by the places made for you!

CultureHouse improves livability in local communities by transforming unused spaces into vibrant social infrastructure.