Danish official to visit UT to discuss public art

November 9, 2015 | Events, UToday, — Communication and the Arts
By Josephine Schreiber

Inger Krog, special consultant for visual arts of the Danish Arts Foundation in Denmark, will give two guest lectures in the Arts Diplomacy class this week.

She will discuss “Public Art in Scandinavia: Cultural Policy, Institutions and Purpose,” Tuesday and Thursday, Nov. 10 and 12, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in Snyder Memorial Building Room 2110.

The free, public lectures will focus on the process and role of public art in Scandinavia.

Krog will cover several topics, including cultural policy and practice in the Danish Arts Foundation, how and by whom art is commissioned, urban planning and design, and socially engaged art.

According to the course description, through lectures, discussions, and visits with successful practitioners of community arts, the goal of the Arts Diplomacy class is to get students thinking about art not just as an aesthetic phenomenon, but as a cultural and inspirational force for change as well.

Thor Mednick, UT associate professor of art, said Krog was invited to speak because she is a colleague who is involved in community art in several parts of Europe.

“Having immersed ourselves in the practice and theory of community arts in the United States and learning how these processes work in the contexts of ministries of culture makes for an interesting contrasting supplement to what we have learned so far,” Mednick said.

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