How Santa Clara Community Members Shaped the Direction of Public Art to Honor Women
A multiyear public art project in Santa Clara County, California, Womanhood launched in 2020 with the goal of recognizing women’s contributions to the region in public spaces. Led by the County’s Office of Women’s Policy, the project will utilize temporary and online public artworks, the naming or renaming of public buildings and spaces, and permanent artwork in public places to commemorate women who have had an impact on the county.
As part of its goal to “share stories for, by, and about women of all intersectional identities,” Womanhood decided to use a variety of tools, including the coUrbanize platform, to gather ideas and recommendations from women in the community. In particular, project leaders looked to the coUrbanize interactive map feature to tag existing art and named spaces, temporary Womanhood projects, and opportunities to add additional recognition.