Artist Talk: Dawn Weleski

Conflict Kitchen ( is an art and education project that serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. Each Conflict Kitchen iteration is augmented by events, performances, publications, and discussions that seek to expand the engagement the public has with the culture, politics, and issues at stake within the focus region. While a restaurant from 2010 – 2017, Conflict Kitchen rotated identities in relation to current geopolitical events.

Each iteration introduced customers to the food, culture, and politics of the country of focus. All experiences and opinions that are presented in publications and programming were informed by the personal perspectives and history of the country’s citizens. These diverse perspectives reflect a nuanced range of thought and served to instigate questioning, conversation, and debate with our customers and the public at large.

Dawn Weleski is interested in how U.S. foreign and domestic policy has been built upon a foundation of slavery and genocide. She addresses these conflicts throughout her work.

Don’t miss this chance to hear her talk about Conflict Kitchen and the exploratory work that she and her creative partner, Jon Rubin are doing as recipients of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellowship.

Come and learn more. Bring a friend!

PACE Info Session

Thursday, February 15th at 5pm

at Crispus Attucks
407 Howard Avenue, 404 S. Duke Street

PACE (Public Art Civic Engagement) is our newest artist opportunity.
We seek to engage residents of Southeast Lancaster City by asking, “What locations would you like to see improved with art?” and “What are some things in your neighborhood that you feel represent your culture or help to define home to you?” The artist will gather this data through community meetings and outreach programming. The artist will facilitate community art making while encouraging and educating about ways to create their own projects. PACE 2018 will culminate at the annual San Juan Bautista Hispanic Festival where we will share the research and encourage residents to apply to create temporary art in those sites through our TAP program or sign-up to join selection committees for future projects.
Learn more here.

Interested in learning what the PACE stuff is all about? Come by to learn a bit about the projects and ask questions.

Intellectual Property Law for Artists and Musicians

February 8, 2018 | 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Ware Center, 42 North Prince Street, Lancaster


Artists and musicians should have a basic understanding of copyright laws, defenses to infringement allegations, and how to apply those laws when creating art. Attorney Peter Kraybill will cover those basics, and walk through a hypothetical of what typically happens when an artist or musician has received a cease-and-desist letter containing allegations of copyright infringement. Gain guidance to protect against such accusations when creating art, or mitigate harm after an alleged copyright infringement. Learn when to contact an attorney, and what information an attorney will consider significant in determining an artist’s defense — or ability to avoid a lawsuit entirely.

This seminar is open to the public. Advance registration through Millersville University is required. To register, contact Marci Nelligan at 717.871.4207 or

Call For Artists!

Farnum Park will be renovated soon and Lancaster Public Art wants to integrate art into the landscape. The artist will be part of the design team and work to incorporate art into the stormwater management as well as to develop areas for interactive play of the landscape. The artist will work directly with the neighbors surrounding the park to engage them and ensure that their voices are heard throughout the process.
deadline: January 5, 2018 / 4pm EST

If you have any questions feel free to reach out to Lancaster Public Art manager, Joanna Davis Seedorf by email at or phone (717) 291-4829.

The New Rules of Public Art

1. It doesn’t have to look like public art.
Thee days of bronze heroes and roundabout baubles are
numbered. Public art can take any form or mode of encounter.
Be prepared to be surprised, delighted, even unnerved.

2. It’s not forever.
Artists are shaking up the life expectancy of public artworks.
Places don’t remain still and unchanged, so why should public

3. Don’t make it for a community. Create a community.
Be wary of predefining an audience. As Brian Eno once said,
“sometimes the strongest single importance of a work of art is
the celebration of some kind of temporary community.”

4.Create space for the unplanned.
Commissioning public art is not a simple design-and-build
process. Artworks arrive through a series of accidents, failures
and experiments and open up the potential for unforeseen
things to happen.

5. Withdraw from the cultural arms race.
Towns and cities across the world are locked into a
one-size-fits-all style of public art. In a culture of globalized
brands and clone towns, we hanker after authentic, distinctive
places. If we are place-making, then let’s make unusual places.

6. Demand more than fireworks.
Believe in the quiet, unexpected encounter as much as the
magic of the mass spectacle. It’s often in the silence of a
solitary moment, rather than the exhilaration of whizzes and
bangs, that transformation occurs.

7. Don’t embellish. Interrupt.
We need smart urban design, uplifting street lighting and
landmark buildings, but public art can do so much more than
decorate. Interruptions to our surroundings or everyday
activities can open our eyes to new possibilities.

8. Share ownership freely, but authorship wisely.
Public art is of the people and made with the people, but not
always by the people. Artists are skilled creative thinkers as
well as makers, trust their judgment, follow their lead and
invest in their process.

9. Welcome outsiders.
Outsiders challenge our assumptions about what we believe to
be true of a place. Embrace the opportunity to see through an
outsider’s eyes.

10. Don’t waste time on definitions.
Is it sculpture? Is it visual art? Is it performance? Who cares.
There are more important questions to ask. Does it move you?
Does it shake up your perceptions of the world around you, or
your backyard? Does it make you curious to see more?

11. Suspend your disbelief.
Art gives us the chance to imagine alternative ways of living,
to disappear down rabbit holes, to live for a moment in a
different world. Local specifics might have been the stepping
off point – but public art is not a history lesson. Be prepared
that it might not always tell the truth.

12. Get lost.
Public art is neither a destination nor a way-finder. Artists
encourage us to follow them down unexpected paths as a
work unfolds. Surrender the guidebook, get off the art trail
and step into unfamiliar territory.

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Pepón Osorio will be honored tonight in Lancaster!

We are thrilled that the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts is honoring Pepón Osorio at the Governor's Awards for the Arts tonight. He is a a Latinx artist who works in a uniquely emphatic way towards social progress. Our little city has bee pulling out all the stops this past weeks to celebrate the awards being held here. Tickets are free. 7pm at the Marriott Convention Center in Penn Square. FB event page here.

Artist Opportunity

Lancaster Public Art is pleased to announce a new Request for Proposals (RFP.) Lancaster Sound Map (LSM) Artist Stipends are available to individual artists or artist groups to support the creation of new work inspired by the Lancaster Sound Map. The purpose is to support the concept of the LSM as a “growing platform” from which many creative projects may arise.

Two stipends will be awarded and the selected projects will be presented in Lancaster, PA at an appropriate venue, no later than Aug. 31, 2017.

 Download complete project information and application.

Lancaster Public Art will co-host an interactive Info Session about this project on January 23 from 7 - 9 p.m. at Modern Art - 529 West Chestnut, Lancaster, PA. Artists should plan to attend this Open Studio Info Session to learn more about the project, listen to the full Lancaster Sound Map album, brainstorm ideas, ask questions and even begin the application process. RSVP by calling or emailing Heidi Leitzke 717-291-4829 or or via FB Event

Complete Application and Support Materials should be submitted via email to

Application Deadline is February 22, 2017

Questions and Contact:
Heidi Leitzke
Public Art Manager | City of Lancaster, Pennsylvania
120 North Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17608-1599
Office: 717-291-4829