Using Diverse “Authentic Voices” to Share the Stories Behind an Artwork

Caitlin Martin, Association for Public Art, USA

The Association for Public Art (aPA) is the nation’s first private, nonprofit organization dedicated to integrating public art and urban planning. Since its founding in 1872, aPA has worked with artists, communities and civic leaders to make public art a part of everyday life. To share the wealth of stories about Philadelphia’s collection of outdoor sculptures, the aPA has developed an award winning multi-platform interpretive audio program, Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO. Unlike audio tours that have a single authoritative guide or narrator, each program is told by a variety of people from all walks of life who are directly connected to the sculpture by knowledge, experience, or affiliation.

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