The public face of the Department of Art and Public Policy is the Center for Art and Public Policy. One of the goals of the Center is to raise critical issues of the arts within the Tisch School of the Arts and for the general public. Each year the Center hosts a Day of Community Symposium on social issues of vital concern to the artists and scholars in our community and to the public at large. Recent symposia have examined the complex relationships between patriotism and dissent, art and democracy, censorship in the arts, have included keynote addresses delivered by Patricia Williams, E.L. Doctorow, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, and hosted participants that represent academia, the arts, government, public and private media, and finance.
The Center umbrella includes the Office of Community Connections (OCC). OCC serves as a clearinghouse to attract and disseminate internship opportunities and volunteer work for students throughout the Tisch School to research. OCC maintains an up-to-date inventory of community-based opportunities and develops programs that actively solicit community.