This year, CODAworx sets out to deliberately reframe thoughts of the future. For this reason, we are especially proud to present the 2024 Creative Revolutionaries.

Our amazing community of creative professionals is flush with individuals who have devoted their careers to making the world a more beautiful place. But their amazing projects have become, over time, stronger, deeper, more meaningful. Artists and their collaborators are tackling difficult issues of a social, political, or environmental nature. Their work is fueled by the desire to solve real-world problems, or to raise provocative questions, or to make us pay attention to the world around us. They define, more than anything else, a true sense of courage.

These are the individuals who lead the way in affecting change. They have changed the way we interact with art through novel applications of materials, technology, execution and the use of space in the urban landscape. They all implore us to do better.

For the fifth year, CODAworx has gathered together a list of 25 fearless leaders of this artistic-activist revolution to shine a spotlight on their efforts – which reflect so well on this entire industry of public art professionals. The list of Creative Revolutionaries includes the artist magicians whose diverse works serve as mirrors of our world. It also includes the pioneering commissioners who push the envelope to support artwork that facilitates empathy and engagement.

It is our distinct honor to bring together the leading rabble-rousers who are truly our heroes. They provide us with the vision, connections, strategy, and effective practices to influence change, and give us all a renewed sense of purpose.

The following definitions are from Oxford Languages:

cre·a·tive — relating to or involving the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.

— (of a person) having good imagination or original ideas.

rev·o·lu·tion·ar·y ­— involving or causing a complete or dramatic change.