Thomasville Center for the Arts believes that art — especially public art — sparks conversation. It brings communities together around common interests, new ideas, newsworthy subjects, visual excitement, and sense of place.

Public art instills meaning–a greater sense of identity and understanding of where we live, work, and visit–creating memorable experiences for all.  It humanizes the built environment, provides an intersection between past, present, and future, and can help communities thrive.  Public art has been found to provide a positive impact on communities by supporting economic growth and sustainability, attachment and cultural identity’s artists as contributors, social cohesion and cultural understanding, and public health and belonging.

Public art opportunities also allow artists to create on purpose, connecting themselves to the community and to one another.

The Center practices public art in three primary ways:

  • Through installations at the UnVacant Lot in Thomasville’s Creative District
  • In unexpected commandeered spaces throughout the city and county
  • And in festival format during FLAUNT /col•lide public art events
What distinguishes public art is the unique association of how it is made, where it is, and what it means. Public art can express community values, enhance our environment, transform a landscape, heighten our awareness, or question our assumptions. Placed in public sites, this art is there for everyone, a form of collective community expression. Public art is a reflection of how we see the world – the artist’s response to our time and place combined with our own sense of who we are.