Public art has been a subject close to our hearts and our organization, Arts4All, which, besides running residencies for the past 6 years, has been attempting to initiate an interest through some of its projects with the modest resources generated. Public art is an ignored topic in our country, misinterpreted and unheard of to many besides being marginalized by the art community itself. Tracing Art in Public (TAP) is an effort to reach out to people and to try and widen the horizons in the minds of the public about art in public spaces. The idea is to engage the public and to generate interest in public art projects in India, and mutually engage and initiate an open debate amongst artists, local communities and the public to look at shared environments in distinctive ways.
The magazine, first of its kind, is dedicated to reflecting art in the eye of the public as it unfolds. TAP aims to be a vital resource for artists, academics, students, researchers, arts administrators, those working in related fields and all who are interested in visual culture. It is a consolidated site wherein people interested in public art can visit and know about various public art events. Since it may not be feasible to physically visit a particular project each time, a virtual visit on the site will give access to information, possible from wherever you are. After all, it is the soft power of art and culture that has a ripple effect on growth and development strategies that simultaneously helps towards social cohesion in the current multicultural global society.