What Is Public Art?
In the most general terms, “public art” is defined as works of art displayed in public spaces. Some would further define it as works acquired by donations or purchased with public funds and made accessible for the public to enjoy.
At its best, public art engages the community it serves, and it enhances the location and space it is displayed in. Whether it is cast, carved, built, assembled or painted, public art aims to be an expression of the collective community.
Take a tour of our interactive map gallery of Leesburg Public Art Installations and help us to expand the gallery by adding images and information. If you add an image, you'll get a note that it will be posted to the map pending review.
Our first installation of Public Art was the sculpture exhibit at Raflo Park on Harrison Street in Downtown Leesburg. Called Art sPARKs, this two-year exhibit displays five works by local artists. Coming in 2017 will be our Bicycle inspired LOVEwork sculpture .
Why Is It So Important?
Cities around the country have gained value through public art – culturally, socially, and economically. Public art can display the history and culture of our area. At the intersection between past, present and future, between disciplines and ideas; public art tells the story of our unique town.
FESTIVALS & FAIRS
Get Lost, Get Crazy, Get Art!
We're here for you! Our festivals are planned specifically for you and your enjoyment . Whether your passion is music, art, dance or just plain good eats join us and experience the love in downtown Leesburg!
In 2017 Friends of Leesburg sponsored and organized the first downtown local art fair. Join us again this year on September 2018 for an even bigger and better festival featuring local art, music and art demonstrations.
ARTS AND CULTURAL DISTRICT PROJECTS
In 2014, the Friends of Leesburg Public Arts merged with the Arts and Cultural District Committee and since then strives to do Arts projects that bring more attention to our historic core.