Co-sponsored by the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, Creative Cities International and The Baruch College-Rubin Museum of Art Project
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 two more evenings -- tonight and April 30th -- 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?
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC--$10.00 donation suggested
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.
++ Fran Kaufman, Art Advisor, Curator, Partner, Kaufman Vardy Projects
++ Jonathan McCrory, Director of Theatre Art, National Black Theatre
++ Dan Nuxoll, Program Director, Rooftop Films
++ Jolle Greenleaf, Artistic Director - TENET NYC, Inc.
Moderated by Linda Lees, PhD, Director, Creative Cities International, LLC
*Kristen Case, University of Maine at Farmington, Chronicle of Higher Education