EAP City of Gary Indiana 2016- ongoing
EAP City of Chicago 2008-2012
EAP Cuyahoga County Planning 2004-2006
The Embedded Artists Project is an experimental platform to increase local government's ability to creatively address major systemic issues by embedding practicing artists in City workgroups. Initiated by artist Frances Whitehead, the program was piloted in Chicago between 2008-2012 as a joint effort by the City of Chicago, Whitehead’s ARTetal Studio and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Currently Whitehead is the Embedded Artist for the City of Gary where she works with the Departments of Planning and Redevelopment and the Department of Green Urbanism and Environmental Affairs to bring cultural perspectives to the vitalization efforts in Gary.
In Chicago, Whitehead worked with the Department on Land Use Planning on the Go To 2040 Food Plan and subsequently was embedded in the Department of Environment Urban Brownfields Division where she worked with CDOE Brownfields staff to conceptualize and implement the Slow Cleanup phytoremediation program. Artist Adelheid Mers was embedded in the Department of Information Technology where she participated in the Digital Excellence workgroup, 2008-2009.
The Chicago EAP Program was the first formalized agreement, built upon the informal placement at Cuyahoga Planning Office in Cleveland, Ohio. This informal placement produced the "knowledge claim" document known What Do Artists Know? which was the basis for all subsequent placements.