D.C. Creates! Public Art Master Plan

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D.C. Creates! Public Art Master Plan

Client: D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH)
Date Completed: 2010
Location: Washington, D.C.
Partner: Todd W. Bressi


The D.C. Creates! Public Art Master Plan sets a vigorous course for the Washington, D.C. public art program over
the next five years. The plan establishes a framework for commissioning new artworks that are bold and befitting
of a world-class city, while grounded in the tradition of supporting local artists and enriching D.C. neighborhoods. 


The D.C. Creates! Public Art Master Plan, developed by Via, in collaboration with urban planner and designer Todd. W. Bressi, describes how artworks can be related to the ways in which the District envisions its future: weaving a new fabric of neighborhood anchors, building a green and sustainable city, and stimulating the Creative Capital.  The plan outlines opportunities for projects that can achieve these goals, sets out criteria for prioritizing projects, and outlines strategies for the ongoing partnerships and operational changes that will catalyze this new generation of artworks.


During the planning process, Via and Bressi worked extensively with the staff of DC Creates and a steering committee made up of representatives from the commission on the arts. In addition, the team hosted multiple planning sessions with specific constituent groups to get a better understanding of the types of projects and locations that will have the biggest impact – increasing, when possible, project budgets and scopes.


The 5X5 Project, a temporary public art initiative, among many other permanent artworks are projects resulting from the planning process conducted by Via and Bressi.