Lancaster has a Ten-Year Plan for Public Art

On Friday December 2nd, the City of Lancaster unveiled a new Ten-Year Plan for Public Art with a Kick-Off Event at the Ware Center in Downtown Lancaster. Mayor Gray welcomed a lively crowd and spoke about the successful public art projects completed within the past years. He also recognized the value of planning, to provide clear direction for the Public Art program. Public Art consultant Renee Piechocki then shared details from the 8 month planning process and highlights from the plan. Guests were invited to explore the five Focus Areas of the plan through interactive stations.

Guests at the event wave to our consultant Jennifer McGregor, who was not able to attend. Photo by Renee Piechocki.

Guests at the event wave to our consultant Jennifer McGregor, who was not able to attend. Photo by Renee Piechocki.

Ten-Year Plan Highlights

Vision: Focus on equity, livability and excellence to promote neighborhood connectivity, create meaningful collaborations, and magnify Lancaster's distinct sense of place. This will position Lancaster as a city distinguished by public artworks and engaged communities.


Focus Areas

  • Art Integrated Into Design
  • Transforming Eyesores into Assets
  • Temporary Commissions For All
  • Make Lancaster Square A Place
  • Community Ideas For Temporary Art


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Lancaster is developing a Public Art Plan

History. We have a stable base to build upon. 

In 2010 the City of Lancaster established an Office of Public Art as well as a Public Arts Program supported by the Public Art Manager staff position and the Public Arts Advisory Board (PAAB). The purpose of the Office of Public Art is to enhance the appearance of public places and quality of life; honor, celebrate and give visual expression to the diversity of the City; foster collective memory and give meaning to place; and promote art as a valuable City experience. 

In 2015, the PAAB reviewed The Public Art Action Plan that was created in 2008. The action plan identified key goals, and the City of Lancaster achieved a majority of those goals. Since 2013 the PAAB had discussed the need for a master plan that will guide future public art projects and programs in our community. In 2014 the City applied for and received partial funding for the public art master plan from the Lancaster County Community Foundation through the Capacity Building Program. 

What is it? and Who is it for?
It’s for our community! 

A master plan is a document for our community that will help guide how public art is developed in Lancaster. It will include research and community input to define:
•    A clear and concise mission and vision that is relevant to our City
•    Program priorities and goals
•    Methods to ensure underrepresented neighborhoods and community groups benefit from the program
•    Existing partnerships, ways to strengthen and generate new ones
•    Methods to incorporate art into all facets of City planning including departments of public works, economic development, and neighborhood revitalization
•    Potential site locations for future projects
•    Scope of educational outreach programs

The public art master plan will build on our accomplishments and harness the momentum of the City’s recently completed economic development plan and Lancaster County Planning Commissions Places 2040 initiative.

How will the community be involved in the plan? 

The community will be invited to participate in the development of the plan in several ways.

Community Conversations: where everyone is invited to attend. During these meetings, the consultants will share examples about public art and get feedback about the types of public art that is desired in Lancaster.  They will also give a public presentation about the plan when it is completed.

Workshops: There will also be hands-on activities where you can help to identify locations and provide a vision for public art. 

Virtual Participation: Want to participate, but short on time? Your feedback and suggestions and important! Please complete this survey: OR

Stakeholder Interviews: The consultant team will be interviewing a cross section of the Lancaster community to help develop the framework for the public art master plan. 

Committees: A Project Planning Committee and the Public Art Advisory Board will work closely with the consultant and provide in-depth feedback during every phase of the project.

What is the schedule for the plan? 
Community Information Gathering and Workshops
Draft Plan and Pop Up Workshops
Final Draft

Who is helping make this happen?

A ten member project planning committee has been formed and includes representation from community organizations, City Departments, arts advocates, and businesses. Two members from the Public Art Advisory Board along with the Public Art Manager will lead the planning committee.

To support the planning committee, Renee Piechocki and Jennifer McGregor, public arts consultants, have been retained. They will review the existing strategy, conduct research, stakeholder interviews, and facilitate community workshops as part of the process to inform the plan document. The document will include perspectives from the City’s diverse neighborhoods and, where appropriate, align with other strategic initiatives underway.

We welcome your thoughtful input. Learn how you can get involved.

For a complete listing of public art see

Project Planning Committee:
Heidi Leitzke, City of Lancaster, Public Art Manager; and artist
Charlotte Katzmoyer, City of Lancaster, Director of Public Works
Randy Patterson, City of Lancaster, Dir. of Economic Development & Neighborhood Revitalization
Danene Sorace, City Council Member and Public Art Advisory Board
Amy Ruffo, Co-Chair Public Art Advisory Board; and artist
Marshall Snively, Lancaster City Alliance, Executive VP & COO
Tom Smithgall, High Real Estate Group, Senior VP-Development
Kevin Ressler, Director, Meals on Wheels of Lancaster; and writer and theologian
Arielle Gascot, Brand Ambassador, Lancaster Food Company, and arts advocate
Chad Martin, Associate Pastor, Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster; and potter