Artists can make surprising contributions when they are brought in during the planning of a project, during an update of planning or programming, or even during day-to-day operations.
Who does it: Artists may offer any organization new ideas and approaches to their typical way of doing business. Cities have experimented with embedding artists in their departments of transportation or planning and public works, while transit agencies, many of which have longstanding arts programs, are beginning to experiment with giving locals greater opportunity to participate in beautifying their communities.
The role of arts and culture: Artists can provide fresh approaches and new ways of doing things, discover more efficient use of materials, and provide fresh thinking for existing programs.
When to do it: Try contacting your local arts commission for advice.