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The 2018 conference takes place May 31 - June 2, 2018 in Houston, TX hosted by the University of Houston and the University of Houston - Downtown.
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Friday, June 1 • 11:15am - 12:45pm
Revitalizing Communities by Empowering Artists

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Growing Value: For Artists, By Artists
Noah Keesecker
Carl Atiya Swanson
A look at how Springboard for the Arts, an economic and community development organization, is working to building stronger communities, neighborhoods, and economies by empowering artists. This session will look at the lived values of Springboard’s organizational culture and programmatic goals through the lens of two recent impact studies. These studies focus on understanding how the cultural of the organization is essential to helping make artists visible and valued for the impact they create in every community.

Destination Gary:  A City (Artfully) Rebuilding
Lauren Pacheco
We live in a time where reality and illusion is always working together. How can we continually reimagine? One solution is that we have to keep changing the way we do things. By engaging in civic discourse, reinforcing the notion of culture and using it as a tool for a conversation in addressing inadequacy, strategizing a balance to politics and value systems and, a renegotiation of the symbolic and the practical.  How do we stimulate communities to think more broadly about civic engagement? It's not working with one model; it's a unique and special approach that takes characteristics into consideration or more simply, an awareness of an unusual set of circumstances.  What is often missed is the peculiarity of the coarseness of communities, economies, etc.; oftentimes forgetting the nuances and intricacies of life.The city of Gary, Indiana exists just 30 miles from Chicago, Illinois.  Gary is challenged by extreme poverty, severe unemployment affecting primarily African-Americans, an educational system in trauma, and occupies vast amounts of vacant public space.  A variety of city-based experiments - such as place making, adaptive reuse, arts-centric programming and green city initiatives - are currently underway in Gary as a method to revitalizing and rebuilding. This 30-minute session will present active and in progress, case examples and explore the relationship between the changing roles of arts based practitioners such as art administrators in relation to modes of production and the creation of collaborative values.  


Friday June 1, 2018 11:15am - 12:45pm
Travis Room - UH Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

Attendees (11)