The Things They Don't Teach in Art School

I learned about an art world secret today: public art commissions. Hey, create art and get paid for it.  Well it isn't THAT simple.  I'm still not completely sure how the whole process works even after attending a full day of workshops.

I've been writing about taking matters into your own hands by getting your message into your community with art.  Public art is similar, that you get to put your message in the community with the exception of political red tape, more work, and bonus...a paycheck in the end!  Even though it's completely different from the gallery world, I'm going to give it a whirl and see what comes of it.

But a quick question first, Is public art important to you? Why or why not?