NowPAC comes to Olympia

Art in Public Places to co-host regional public art conference

Art in Public Places and the City of Olympia Arts Commission are excited to welcome the Northwest Public Art Consortium, October 12-14, 2017 in Olympia. Public art administrators from around the region will gather to discuss challenges, celebrate successes and plan the way forward.


Agenda is subject to change. Panelists have not yet been finalized. Curious about our session titles? See bottom of page.

Thursday, October 12
7pm  “Where It’s At”
No host welcome reception, Three Magnets Brewery (600 Franklin St SE, Olympia, 98501)
Is it possible there will be art- and Olympia-relevant trivia? Why yes, it IS possible....

Friday, October 13 - Revolution NowPAC Style Now!
9am  Wake Me Up”
Coffee and refreshments, Olympia Family Theater Lobby (612 Fourth Ave E, Olympia, 98501)

9:30 - 10:20  Opening Plenary: “(Industrial) Revolution Inclusion” Social Justice and Racial Equity: Strategies for the Public Art Field

10:30 – 11:20 – Breakout Sessions

       “All the Glitters” Murals What Do they Signify?

       “Coal to Diamonds” Roles of the Project Manager: Curator, Editor, Instigator etc.

       “Perfect Fit” Collaborations between Acquisitions and Collections

11:30 – 12:20pm – Breakout Sessions

       “Call the Doctor” Best Practices for Maintenance and Conservation for Small Programs

        “Old Dogs” Lifespan: How are others engaging this as a best practice?

        “Junior Kick Start” Engaging New and Emerging Artists

12:20 - 12:50  “Move Around”
Lunch, move to City Hall (601 Fourth Ave E, Olympia, 98501)

1:00 – 1:10  “Big Cheese” Welcome by Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby

1:10 - 1:50  “Red, White, and Blue Dream”: The Political Climate and strategies to successfully navigate it

2:00–2:50  "Dig Me Out”: Lessons Learned Pecha Kucha Style (if you are interested in presenting, please contact Deane Shellman,

3:00–3:50  “Resist Psychic Death” Fighting Burnout and Ensuring Renewal

3:50 – 4:00  “Goodbye Song”
Dismissal/wrap up

4:30 – 6:00  “Schmoozer”
Reception, Olympia Knitting Mills, artist studios (525 Cherry St. SE, Olympia, 98501)
Meet the artists and do some art making.

6:00 - Dinner on your own and enjoying downtown Oly

Saturday, October 14
9am – 12pm  “When I went to school in Olympia…” The Evergreen State College Art Collection Tour
Transportation may be provided – more info soon.


Registration is $60 plus a processing fee. Register here.

Information about the conference hotel is included with your registration receipt. If you would like more information before registering, contact Deane Shellman,

Olympia is a great place to visit!

Olympia is chock full of goodness, so visit these sites and make some plans:

Experience Olympia

Olympia Downtown Association

Oly Arts

See and hear

See artworks in the State Art Collection located in Olympia.

We're paying homage to Olympia's vibrant music scene with our session titles. Check out this Spotify list to hear our inspiration:

NowPAC Agenda Playlist

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