5 Reasons Why Public Art Matters

  1. ECONOMIC GROWTH AND SUSTAINABILITY. By engaging in public art as a tool for growth and sustainability, communities can thrive economically. Seventy percent of Americans believe that the “arts improve the image and identity” of their community.
  2. ATTACHMENT & CULTURAL IDENTITY. Public art directly influences how people see and connect with a place, providing access to aesthetics that support its identity and making residents feel appreciated and valued. Aesthetics is one of the top three characteristics why residents attach themselves to a community.
  3. ARTISTS AS CONTRIBUTORS. Providing a public art ecosystem supports artists and other creatives by validating them as important contributors to the community. Artists are highly entrepreneurial. They are 3.5 times more likely than the total U.S. workforce to be self-employed.
  4. SOCIAL COHESION & CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING. Public art provides a visual mechanism for understanding other cultures and perspectives, reinforcing social connectivity with others. Seventy-three percent of Americans agree that the arts “helps me understand other cultures better.”
  5. PUBLIC HEALTH & BELONGING. Public art addresses public health and personal illness by reducing stress and providing a sense of belonging. Public art is noted as slowing pedestrians down to enjoy their space and providing a positive impact on mood.
Check out just some of the public art examples in Saginaw, Texas below...
Welcome Mural
Angela1
NW Plumbing 120720b
Mural 010520
Greenes2
Baseline Mural 052024
Manhole2
Outflow6 - Copy
Traffic1