The Cultural Planning Group was formed in 1998 in Los Angeles, combining the consulting practices of the founders. The firm now has five partners, based in California, Philadelphia and Hawai’i. Our focus has expanded to include the largest cultural planning practice in the US. Our partners include some of the country’s foremost practitioners in organizational capacity building and public art. We often collaborate with colleague consultants and firms, and we have close, ongoing relationships with strategic partners that expand our own capacities.

Jack Mackie

Public Artist and Planner

Jack is a nationally recognized public artist. He has more than 30 years practical experience in the creation and installation of public art. He was among the group of Pacific Northwest artists who pioneered the “design team” approach to public art that has become standard among many successful public art programs. His work helped to establish public art as a fundamental component of creative placemaking, as an early practitioner of the art of making places public.

He has participated in major urban redevelopment and new construction projects including serving as project artist for Santa Clara County California light rail and BART projects; design team artist for the City of Albuquerque and U.S. National Parks Service on the Unser Boulevard crossing at the Petroglyphs National Monument; the Nashville Downtown Transit Center; the new Arizona State University downtown Phoenix streetscape with Ten Eyck Landscape Architects; and commissioned artist for the Health Sciences Learning Center at the University of Wisconsin. He collaborated with EDAW Landscape Architects in the design of the Ross’s Landing Public Plaza at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, TN. He was project artist for the West Main Street Cultural Arts District Redevelopment in Louisville, KY and served on the design team for the North Shore Riverfront Park in Pittsburgh. He was the project artist for the 2+-mile realignment of the railroad through downtown Reno, NV. Jack also was the lead artist for American Airlines and the Miami Department of Aviation for the new 47-gate MIA International Terminal. He is currently the project artist for the restoration of Boneyard Creek through downtown and residential Urbana, Illinois.

As an artist-planner Jack has collaborated with The Cultural Planning Group and Jerry Allen for more than 15 years. He co-authored the Public Art Program for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Agency (DART); the Aesthetic Design Standards and Design Implementation Procedures for CENTRO Transport Authority, Birmingham, UK; the Bute Avenue Corridor Plan, Cardiff, Wales; Coal Harbor Public Art Plan, Vancouver, B.C. Canada; and the New San Jose International Airport. He created the Public Art Plans for the Memphis/Shelby County Central Library; the Performing Arts Center, Mesa, Arizona; and the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS); the Downtown Phoenix Urban Forum; and the City Center Plan for Avondale, AZ, which received the Arizona State American Planning Association’s 2009 Plan of the Year Award.
He served for four years as the technical advisor and artist coordinator for the public art program at the Denver International Airport. He developed the Art Plan and Aesthetic Standards for the CENTRO Midland Metro (Transit System) in Birmingham, England and the art feasibility study for Bute Avenue in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom.

Perhaps Jack’s most well-known public art project is “Dance Steps on Broadway,” which consists of eight sets of bronze dance footsteps set into the sidewalks along Broadway Avenue in Seattle. This artwork is one of the most widely known public art projects to be created in the past 30 years.

Jack has developed a special expertise in the area of collaborations among artists, engineers, architects, landscape designers and urban planners. He is often asked to give lectures, seminars, workshops and charettes on design collaborations. He conducted artist-training workshops and design team charettes for the public art master plans for Broward County, Santa Cruz, Ogden, San Diego, Nashville, and Milwaukee.

Jack is past chair of the Public Art Committee for the Seattle Arts Commission and has served as the artist representative and Vice-Chair to the Seattle Design Commission and Chair to the Seattle Light Rail Review Panel. In 1999, Jack was the recipient of the Washington State Governor’s Arts Award. He currently serves as Chair to the Port of Seattle Art Oversight Committee. Jack lives and works in Seattle, Washington.