Federal policymakers and private philanthropists are spending millions of dollars on creative placemaking without having developed a clear and detailed theory of how it works.
(photo by murcurialn, Flickr) As part of my independent study on public policy and the arts, I’ve been reviewing a significant amount of literature on the potential of artists and arts organizations to serve a revitalization role in so-called “transitional” neighborhoods and communities. While many studies show a clear relationship between the presence and densityRead More
On Saturday I had the privilege of attending Saving Our Cultural Capital: The Challenges Facing Independent Artists and Venues in Manhattan, an event co-sponsored by The Tank, Fractured Atlas, and the New School for Management and Urban Policy. This mini-conference focused on the creative sector’s economic challenges and contributions to urban life, something that I’veRead More
Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to attend Room for Creativity: A Community Roundtable on Real Estate Strategies in the Arts (pdf). The event was co-produced by the very smart people at Center for Performance Research (CPR) and Fractured Atlas, and took place at a new gallery space called Greenbelt. Greenbelt itself is something ofRead More