The UNESCO report provides a global overview of the role played by culture in developing thriving cities.
Capsule review: Culture, Cities, and Identity in Europe
A pan-European report seeks to trace the relationship between culture and cities.
Obama Beefs Up Overtime Pay (And Other May Stories)
All eyes are on how the new rule may affect workplace culture and personal wellbeing.
Around the horn: Trayvon edition
ART AND THE GOVERNMENT The National Endowment for the Arts has shared a draft of its strategic plan for FY14-18, and in what I believe may be a first, is inviting public comment on it via SurveyMonkey. Ah, these modern times we live in. Now let’s just hope House Republicans don’t succeed in slashing itsRead More
Artists and Gentrification: Sticky Myths, Slippery Realities
The role of artists as gentrifiers may be deeply entrenched in our imaginations, but the reality is not so simple.
Making History While Making Places – Creativity From the Ground Up
(Tom Borrup was kind enough to send this reaction to the recent ArtPlace Creative Placemaking Summit. Tom consults with cities, foundations, and nonprofits integrating the arts, economic development, urban planning, civic engagement, and animation of public space. His book The Creative Community Builders’ Handbook, 2006, profiles communities that have transformed their economic, social, and physical infrastructuresRead More
Around the horn: Amtrak edition
ART AND THE GOVERNMENT Really scary stuff about political meddling in editorial content at the Alabama public television network. Seems like one of the underreported stories of the year. MUSICAL CHAIRS Congratulations to Randy Engstrom on his appointment as interim director of the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, replacing Vincent Kitch who left abruptly in August.Read More
Parklets: Coming Soon to a City Near You
In the last year, parklets have taken San Francisco by storm. At the start of 2011, San Francisco had four of these sidewalk-adjacent, itty-bitty public spaces created by repurposing parking spots. Now there are more than 20, with dozens of others in various stages of review. Other cities, including New York, Long Beach, Los Angeles,Read More