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15 Jan

Putting Creativity to Work (video)

In The Art of Placemaking Conference Videos by Tim Blankenship / 2015/01/15 / 0 Comments

Art at Work - Portland, ME

Creative Placemaking with People at the Center

Since 1975, writer, performer, director and activist Marty Pottenger has created multidisciplinary placemaking performances, plays, arts-based civic dialogues, and community arts projects throughout the United States.

In this captivating talk Marty Pottenger shares her experiences bringing the arts into lives the ordinary citizens who might not normally have opportunities to engage in creative placemaking.

“What if [the principles of creative placemaking were] applied to municipal practices? What if the Federal government starts freezing up? The state government starts freezing up? And the challenges only increase? Who’s going to be really on the dime to actually figure out what to do, and I came up with municipal governments to figure out how to incorporate and integrate arts making and arts projects to tackle non-arts problems.”

Her work with Art at Work in Portland, ME has taught her the importance evaluating how creative projects influence their audiences, “who brings their family, who talks about it, who talks to you about it, how are  they experiencing the culture?” The Thin Blue Lines: Police Project was a national initiative to strengthen community resiliency and municipal government through arts projects and municipal staff, unions, politicians, the public and artists.

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05 Mar

2014 ArtPlace America Grantee Summit: Day One Recap

In placemaking by Peter A. Mello / 2014/03/05 / 0 Comments

Barnaby Evans, WaterFire’s creator and executive artistic director and I are in Los Angeles attending the second annual ArtPlace America Grantee Summit. This year’s summit is particularly interesting as ArtPlace America has successfully managed a leadership change over the past year and is charting a very defined future course for itself. More about that in a bit.

Lemonade at LA MOCATo accommodate travel schedules of participants coming in from all over the country, the Summit didn’t kick off until Monday mid afternoon so I took advantage of the great location of the Omni Hotel and visited the adjacent Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art which had two interesting shows of works from the permanent collection and recent acquisitions. If you are looking for a place to have lunch, definitely check out Lemonade in the museum’s courtyard.

Participants were welcomed to the Summit by Josephine Ramirez, program director, James Irvine Foundation and Doane Lui, deputy mayor, City of Los Angeles. Mayor Eric Garcetti sent a nice welcome video too.

Rip Rapson, president, Kresge Foundation and chair, ArtPlace America presented the future of the organization and introduced Jamie Bennett, the new executive director. Mr. Rapson’s remarks can be read in full in the President’s Corner blog of the Kresge Foundation website.

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29 Jan

Welcome to Placemakers.us

In The Art of Placemaking Conference Videos by Tim Blankenship / 2014/01/29 / 0 Comments

In 2012 WaterFire Providence received a major grant from ArtPlace America to launch a public art incubator to create new art works and public programs with a wide variety of arts and culture organizations to experiment with original ways to add vibrancy and economic impact to the city of Providence.

We began to plan and build a learning lab, this project will  exist in two dimensions. In the real world our learning labwill take shape in a former U.S. Rubber warehouse that we purchased in December of 2012. In this physical place we are planning on creating an enviroment where art, science, learning and making all coexist. This building will not only house WaterFire Providence’s operational and day-to-day apparatus, but will also become a home to art installations, workshops, lectures, performances, and maybe even a little roller derby. As part of creating our learning lab we hosted a unique conference in Providence on November 7th – 9th of 2013. The Art of Placemaking conference included placemakers, artists, urban planners, community developers and researchers meeting to discuss impacts of using art to build and transform community.

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