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How public art benefits the community.

The addition and inclusion of art into any environment plays a significant role in the encouragement of lasting economic growth, creating and sustaining cultural identity, and creating a sense of belonging.

1. Economic Growth

Engaging in public art generates excitement and ultimately leads to increased foot traffic, which benefits surrounding businesses.

2. Cultural understanding

Public art reflects a community and its surroundings working to cultivate a cultural identity by setting a community apart and attracting people to its uniqueness. Artwork helps express a community's values and creates an elevated sense of awareness for community members and visitors.

3. Cultural Identity

Art represents life in many ways. When community members see themselves reflected in social spaces, they feel a sense of respect, ultimately allowing for people to identify with the place they are from, live in, or are visiting.

4. Sense of belonging

Art brings people together. Displaying art in public places and making it accessible to everyone inspires engagement and a feeling of belonging to a community.

These four reasons are why the Chamber is in support of GLOW nights, a "month-long must-see exhibit of original art installations that use colored white light as a medium to celebrate the greater Yellowstone Ecosystem." More specifically, the Chambers sponsorship of a 40-foot art installation by Bland Hoke called Grand Antler in the town square. GLOW nights will open on December 23 and will include two free events on the 11th and 17th of January. Look out for more on GLOW Nights.

Read more about "Why Public Art Matters". 

See the Press Release from Jackson Hole Public Art for GLOW.