About

Via Partnership, LLP is a St. Louis-based consulting group that develops comprehensive public art strategies and facilitates public art projects.
Working with public agencies, developers, cultural organizations and
community groups, Via plans, curates and produces public art throughout
the United States and Canada.

 

Via manages projects with a broad range of budgets from project inception through dedication. Our team is always focused our client’s objectives, and we strive to maximize engagement from the community and creativity from the artists. Via does not represent particular artists allowing us to continuously seek the best talent for each particular project. During the course of our work, we have established strong relationships with leading artists and dealers, and have a strong sense of the ever-changing field of talent.

 

In our experience, artists bring a valuable added dimension to the built environment when collaboratively engaged in the conceptual and schematic design process. In our most successful projects our clients have welcomed artists into the conversation as early as possible, broadening opportunities for compelling results and producing integrated solutions that impact the project well beyond the entry plaza.

 

Emily Blumenfeld and Meridith McKinley established Via Partnership in 1999.

 

 

Our Services

Since its founding, Via Partnership has been retained to design and implement a wide

variety of public art-related projects utilizing their skills and capabilities that include:

 

Public Art Planning

Via Partnership has developed innovative public art plans for cities, large

and small, across the U.S. and Canada. Via can provide the following services:

 

• Develop mission, vision and aesthetic criteria
• Involve community in the “imagining” process
• Establish operating policies and procedures
• Create an inventory of art opportunities
• Outline staffing needs
• Research and evaluate funding options

 

Commission Management

No two projects are the same and Via approaches each new project with fresh

eyes and ears, seeking out the goals of the community and helping to bring the best

selection of artists to realize these goals. Via then works as a liaison to maximize

the potential of each project. Via’s commission management services include:

 

• Research and guide artist selection processes
• Develop and manage budgets and timelines
• Assist with additional funding opportunities
• Liaison between artist, client and community
• Guide legal and financial contracts

 

Program Support

Once projects are built, they come to life within a community. Via can

help to organize supporting programming to continue the impact of each

artwork. Via has expertise in the following areas:

 

• Organize exhibitions
• Arrange seminars and symposia and artist development workshops
• Coordinate project documentation
• Organize public meetings
• Assist with media relations
• Write and manage the production of collateral materials
• Facilitate development of public art curricula

 

Selected Clients

 

Public Art Planning

City of Clayton, MO

City of Frisco, TX

City of Allen, TX

City of Calgary, AB – Utilities and Environmental Protection Department

City of San Jose, CA

City of Clearwater, FL

Pinellas County, FL

City of Vancouver, BC

Downtown San Jose, CA

Lambert International Airport, St. Louis, MO

Initiative for Public Art – Reston

City of Calgary, AB – Transportation Department

Kettler Properties, Arlington, VA

District of Columbia Commission on Arts and Humanities

City of Chesterfield, MO

Port of San Diego, CA

Linn County, IA

Public Art Saint Paul (in progress)

City of Marion, IA (in progress)

City of Southlake, TX (in progress)

 

Commission Management

Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

City of Clayton, MO

City of St. Louis, MO

City of Frisco, TX

Trailnet Inc., St. Louis, MO

General Growth Properties, St. Louis, MO

Kansas City Municipal Arts Commission, Kansas City, MO

City of Calgary, AB – Utilities and Environmental Protection Department

City of Vancouver, BC

Arlington County, VA

Monday Properties, Arlington, VA

EnCana Corporation, Calgary, AB

Brookfield Properties, Calgary, AB

Regional Arts Commission, St. Louis, MO

 

Program Support

St. Louis Public Art Consortium

Trailnet Inc., St. Louis, MO

Grace Hill, St. Louis, MO

Critical Mass for the Visual Arts, St. Louis, MO

Americans for the Arts, Washington, DC

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