Art can constitute an important resource within strategic public policy programmes to develop and improve specific areas or contexts in the environment. It can be a genuine cognitive workshop capable of stimulating an open attitude which helps to address the complexity of the present which is in a constant state of change. The activities of the Department of Culture, Cultures and Integration of the Province of Milan, which the author worked with for some years in the area of visual arts were based on these premises. The main projects implemented included InContemporanea, a composite project designed to support and enhance contemporary art. Anther means adopted was that of directly implementing the public projects of artists including Questions Questions by the Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar.
Keywords: Province of Milan; contemporary art; public project.