Public art demonstrates a community’s commitment to arts and culture, creating lively and attractive urban streetscapes and a unique sense of place. Keene already features a variety of murals and banners; however, opportunity exists to add to Keene's public art – through sculpture, placement of pieces in redeveloped areas, and through creation of a distinctive outdoor experiential art museum that links public art with tourism and economic development. Public art can be facilitated through Planning Board regulations, creation of a community arts council, and the collaboration of existing arts and cultural organizations, such as galleries and non-profits.
The community should evaluate available space and needs for exhibition, galleries, performance or other types of arts and cultural space and infrastructure. This would allow creation of a concrete development strategy to ensure that Keene has the variety of types and sizes of space that the arts and cultural community requires. We could also provide technical assistance, incentives and other support to facilitate redevelopment of existing community buildings to provide space for artists to live and work. We should encourage businesses, schools and non-profits to provide meeting, display, performance, and storage space to the artistic and cultural community and young artists, either as a donation or at very low cost.