I am surprised about the lack of public artists, administrators and academics that don’t know the work of David Harding in 1968-78. For eight years, he served as the “Town Artist” for the Scottish new town of Glenrothes. Harding is still practicing as an artist and has published some of his memoirs on the Glenrothes work. The memoir is here: www.davidharding.net Harding was followed by Malcolm Robertson from 1978-1990. Here is all the art: Glenrothes Art
I believe that future of social practice and some public artists is EMPLOYMENT as full or part-time for an organization or community. Instead of striving for more grant dollars, LOBBY FOR JOBS as an artist. Start the movement.
Thanks to Gar Dunlap for letting me know about Brian Miller in Cumbernauld starting in 1962 as the town artist for 28 years. Here is the story on Miller.