Art, Artists and de Blasio’s New York

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Please join us for this program at Baruch College, NYC. ?I list here the first two of the three programs. ?I will be moderating the second and CCI is the co-sponsor for all three.

Arts, Artists, and de Blasio?s New York

Co-sponsored by the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences and Creative Cities International

Mayor de Blasio ran and won on a platform of a “tale of two cities.” ?His election prompts us to ask what a vision for a more egalitarian society could mean for the arts in our city.

Over three evenings we will take a fresh look at how a progressive administration could – with public support – reshape and revitalize our attitudes and priorities on a wide range of pressing issues for the arts and culture broadly.? What value do we place on ensuring dynamic cultural experiences for all our citizens?

March 19

CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS, ARTISTS, AND PUBLIC POLICY:? The Creative Side of Life

What role should the arts play in our lives?? What role do they play now?? In a city where we trumpet the enormous benefit of the arts to our well-being in many ways – economically, socially, and artisticaly – how do we reflect that in support for them? ? In this evening, we challenge assumptions about how little there is to spend on support for cultural institutions large and small in all five boroughs, their programming for their communities, and how priorities for funding are determined.? Panelists:? Tom Finkelpearl, Director, Queens Museums, Patricia Cruz, Executive Director, Harlem Stage, Jonah Bokaer, Choreographer and Founder, Chez Bushwick.? Moderated by Randall Bourscheidt, President Emeritus, Alliance for the Arts

April 2

CREATIVITY AND THE CITY: The Arts and Profound Change?

?We cannot be a democracy if the power of imagination is allowed to become a luxury commodity.” *

Great cities big or small are receptive to the best talents wherever they may come from which in turn fosters creativity and innovation. The success of a city is determined not only by its ability to expand opportunity for all its citizens economically but to give them the freedom to imagine the unexpected and the possible.? The arts broaden our vision of the world and open us up to imaginative experiences of the other and ourselves.? Do the arts mattter to a Mayor who is primarily focused on issues of equity?? We will focus this discussion on how the arts, broadly defined, with their potential for critical and creative thinking can support this Mayor in realizing his vision.

Panelists: Fran Kaufman, Curator, Arts Advisor/Kaufman Vardy Projects, Jonathan McCrory, Director of Theatre Art, National Black Theatre, Dan Nuxoll, Program Director, Rooftop Films, Jolle Greenfield, Artistic Director, TENET NYC

Moderated by Linda Lees, PhD, Director, Creative Cities International, LLC

*Kristen Case, University of Maine at Farmington, Chronicle of Higher Education

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