Arts & Science Council President Krista Terrell. ASC and Lowe’s are launching an incubator to develop a public artist pipeline with a series of workshops to help artists understand the business process of public art.

A new initiative aims to give professional artists the skills necessary to compete for public projects managed by the Arts & Science Council.

ASC and Lowe’s are collaborating on Going Public: A Public Art Incubator to develop a public artist pipeline and business acumen for cohort participants. Public art is a lucrative business for professionals across concepts, media and scales who can compete in that space.

Making the transition from a studio or gallery-based visual arts platform to the competitive field of public art is the focus of a series of workshops to help artists understand the process from applying to commissions to working with stakeholders and communities.

“‘Going Public’ is a perfect extension of ASC’s work to help local creatives develop sustainable creative practices here in the Charlotte region,” ASC President Krista Terrell said in a statement. “ASC is grateful for the support of Lowe’s to help equip local, professional artists with the skills necessary to become competitive candidates for regional and national public art projects.”

ASC’s goal is to better equip artists for opportunities and challenges they may face while working in public space.

Lowe’s will host a launch event to unveil “Double Take,” a sculpture by local artist Hillary Siber Edwards at the exterior of the new Lowe’s Tech Hub in South End. Lowe’s hired Gökotta and ArtPop Street Gallery to select a local artist to curate the installation.

That collaboration led Lowe’s to connect with ASC to create Going Public.