A benefit of socially engaging art is that it often takes place in unexpected, publicly-accessible spaces. For example, by bringing art to community gardens, parks and public plazas, we create connection among neighbors and more vibrant neighborhoods. This conversation will uncover the plethora of community spaces and resources available to artists, while also addressing site specific work and contextual considerations.
This program is the second in the series Make Some Place: conversations about people, practice, and creative placemaking. This series is presented by CUE, and produced by our 2016 Public Programming Fellows, Jordan Dyniewski and perryne lee poy lokhandwala. The Make Some Place series is a part of Meeting Artists' Needs.
Recorded live at Brooklyn Navy Yard, BLDG 92 on September 21, 2016.
David Koren, FIGMENT
David is the Founder, Executive Producer, and Executive Director of FIGMENT, a participatory arts event that now takes place in 12 cities in 4 countries. FIGMENT was founded on Governors Island in New York Harbor in 2007 on the belief that everyone has the capacity to be creative, and that art is something that everyone can create and interact with. The NYC event has grown dramatically, and now welcomes 25,000 participants each year who engage with 200 arts projects. The Village Voice has named FIGMENT NYC the Best Art Festival in New York City. BBC Travel has written, “If Figment were a country, it would be the happiest in the world – and I would apply for citizenship immediately.” David’s new book, FIGMENT (What is this? Why is nothing for sale? Why is everyone smiling?) is available as a softcover and ebook on Amazon.com.
+ Risa Puno, Artist. Creator of the "Common Picnic" last summer that was part of FIGMENT's summerlong sculpture program on Governors Island. www.risapuno.com