Art Practice as Policy Practice: Framing the Work of Artists Embedded in Government

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Embedded artists in government incorporate connect art methods and esthetic perspectives in non-arts contexts, working in collaboration with government staff whether through their own professional choice or through a formal program established by a government agency or arts organization. This article contextualizes embedded artists in government in connection to artist residencies in the art world, arts in non-arts contexts, and creative placemaking to understand how work is framed and to demonstrate potential impacts while making suggestions for future research. Benefits include cross-sector collaboration and idea generation, with the potential for agency culture shift and systems change in how civic work supports residents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)224-237
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Arts Management Law and Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2021


  • Artist residencies
  • collaboration
  • creative placemaking
  • cultural policy
  • government agency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Strategy and Management
  • Law


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