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Workshops to be held on contracts and intellectual property issues in public art

Calling all public artists, public art administrators and the attorneys who work with them. When a public artist is awarded a commission, it can be thrilling and overwhelming all at the same time. Artists – and their project administrators and attorneys – are tasked with navigating contract clauses and intellectual property issues.

Two workshops, coordinated by 4Culture and Washington Lawyers for the Arts, with additional support provided by the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, are designed to address a gamut of questions relevant for emerging and experienced public art professionals.

Public Art Contracts will be 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room, 600 4th Avenue, Seattle. A panel of experts will discuss contract issues specific to the field of public art. Artist Katy Stone will serve as moderator to a prestigious panel including: Robert Kaplan, a Seattle-based attorney who has advised and represented numerous public artists on contract issues; Cath Brunner, director of public art, 4Culture; and Ruri Yampolsky, director of the public art program, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

Proprietary Issues in Public Art will be on noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 4Culture, 101 Prefontaine Place, Seattle. Attorney and educator Robert Cumbow will provide legal information about topics including fair use of copyright, trademarks, names and faces in public art.

For more information about the workshops, workshop fees, and how to register, visit 4Culture’s blog.