Cap Times Talk on public art

The Cap Times Talks series continues on Feb. 21 at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

A city is not defined by its big box stores and high rise apartments. It’s defined by visible culture — think Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, Lincoln at the top of Bascom Hill, the Statue of Liberty on the ice. Public art is an expression of values, the places where we find meaning in everyday joys and healing from tragedy.

So how do we keep the bar high for professional public art while making room for pavement painting and community mosaics? Which stories do we want to bring forward from the past, and what do we want to say about them now? How do we celebrate Madison’s uniqueness?

The Cap Times has assembled an outstanding panel to discuss these questions at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 227 State St., on Wednesday, Feb. 21. Arts reporter Lindsay Christians will moderate the panel, whose members are:

• Faisal Abdu’Allah, Creative Arts Community faculty director for UW-Madison’s Arts Institute

• Mark Fraire, director of Dane Arts

• Kelly Parks Snider, artist

• Karin Wolf, Madison Arts Program administrator

The event is free and will run 7-8 p.m. in the museum’s first-floor lecture hall. We hope to see you there. If you plan to go, please RSVP on our Facebook event page.