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.


Thursday, October 12
Three Magnets Brewery – Barrel Room
, 600 Franklin St SE #105, Olympia
Where It’s At by Beck
No-Host Welcome Reception and Trivia Night
Join ArtsWA, the City of Olympia, and our awesome colleague Ben from Washington State Archives for an evening of food, beer, and art trivia. Make no mistake, there will be prizes!


Friday, October 13
Olympia Family Theater
, 612 4th Ave E, Olympia
9 am
Wake Me Up by Beat Happening (EP)
Meet in the lobby of Olympia Family Theatre for light breakfast snacks and coffee.

(Industrial) Revolution Inclusion by Dub Narcotic Sound System
Social Justice and Racial Equity: Strategies for the Public Art Field
Facilitated by Mike Sweney (ArtsWA); Presenters: Marcia Iwasaki and Elisheba Johnson (Seattle), Chris Jordan and Kenji Stoll (Artists/Tacoma)

10:30 – 11:20  BREAKOUT SESSIONS

All the Glitters by Le Tigre
Murals What Do they Signify?
Facilitated by Kristin Ramirez (Seattle DOT) with Isaac Marquez (Eugene)

Coal to Diamonds by Gossip
Roles of the Project Manager: Curator, Editor, Instigator etc.
Facilitated by Mike Sweney (ArtsWA), Ruri Yampolsky (Seattle), and Rebecca Solverson (Tacoma)

Perfect Fit by Lake
Collaborations Between Acquisitions and Collections
Facilitated by Adam Fah (ArtsWA) with Marissa Laubscher (ArtsWA), Keith Lachowicz (RACC), and Tim Marsden (Sound Transit)

11:30 – 12:20 pm  BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Call the Doctor by Sleater Kinney
Best Practices for Maintenance and Conservation for Small Programs
Facilitated by Stephanie Johnson (Olympia) with David Francis (Shoreline) and Robert Krueger (Objects Conservator, Portland)

Old Dogs by RVIVR
Lifespan: How are others engaging this as a best practice?
Facilitated by Kurt Kiefer (Sound Transit) and Janae Huber (ArtsWA)

Junior Kick Start by The Go! Team
Engaging New and Emerging Artists
Facilitated by Amy McBride (Tacoma) with Monica Miller (Ellensburg) and Chuck Zimmer (ArtsWA)

Olympia City Hall, 601 4th Ave E, Olympia
12:20 pm
Move Around by Calvin Johnson
Walk to City Hall, Lunch, and Peer Introductions

Big Cheese by Nirvana
Welcome by Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby


Red, White, and Blue Dream by Kimya Dawson
The Political Climate and Strategies to Successfully Navigate It
Facilitated by Mike Sweney (ArtsWA) with Frank Video (artist and arts advocate), Mayor Cheryl Selby (Olympia), Anna-Maria Shannon (WSU Museum of Art), Marygrace Goddu (State of Washington)

Dig Me Out by Sleater Kinney
Pecha Kucha style presentations on lessons learned
Introduced by Marissa Laubscher (ArtsWA)

Resist Psychic Death by Bikini Kill
Ensuring Renewal
Facilitated by Kristin Calhoun (RACC)

Goodbye Song by Moldy Peaches
Conference dismissal, wrap up, and welcome by Knitting Mills Artist Collective

Olympia Knitting Mills Artist Collective, 508 Legion Way SE, Olympia
4:30 – 6:00
Schmoozer by Beck
After-Conference Reception
Grab a drink and a snack plate and join Olympia’s Pope Press for an Olympia-centric letterpress activity. You’ll be able to take your print home as frame-worthy memento of Olympia’s awesomeness. All artist studios in the Knitting Mills will be open for visits.

Dinner on your own
Check out Olympia’s downtown, home to 50 restaurants and more than 400 locally-owned businesses.


Saturday, October 14
The Evergreen State College | Longhouse Education and Cultural Center,
2700 Evergreen Pkwy NW, Olympia
9 am
Meet to catch a ride (location TBA) or drive to Evergreen’s campus on your own and meet in front of the Longhouse. Parking is $2.

9:30 – 11:00
When I went to school in Olympia… by Hole
Sgʷigʷialʔtxʷ: House of Welcome and Evergreen Campus Art Collection
Tour The Evergreen State College Longhouse Education and Cultural Center and Highlights from the Campus Art Collection

Built in collaboration with Northwest tribes, the House of Welcome (Longhouse) is the first building of its kind on a public campus in the United States. Its mission is to promote Indigenous arts and cultures through education, cultural preservation, creative expression, and economic development. Founded upon a vision of hospitality and service, the Longhouse is a gathering place for people of all cultural backgrounds to teach and learn with each other.

Campus Art Collection
The State Art Collection includes 30 works located across Evergreen's campus. We’ll visit key commissioned works by James Lavadour, Susan Point, Barbara Earl Thomas, Cappy Thompson, and Gail Tremblay.



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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