Unlike museums or performance spaces, public art traditionally doesn’t sell tickets, or attract “audiences” who can easily be counted, surveyed, or educated.
A public artwork’s role in economic revitalization is difficult to separate from that of its overall surroundings. Traditional economic indicators of success may leave out important factors like the intrinsic benefits of experiencing art in one’s everyday life. Beautifying the community, engaging youth in societal and personal transformation, and giving expression to ideas and perspectives that are underrepresented in the public dialog are often overlooked.
The biggest values for a public art project could all fall within the ‘health and well-being’ of our community and its individuals. Community art, a form of public art, can create attachment to one’s community. Studies have looked at the economic development benefits of art, but only just recently have there been wider examinations of the effect of art on a community’s sense of place.