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Conversation #1: This Practice is a Social One

WHEN Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
WHERE CUE Art Foundation - 137 W 25th St Ground Floor, New York, NY 10001
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What is ‘creative placemaking’? The term has emerged from the field of community planning and development to describe how arts and culture play a vital role in shaping community places. The series begins by establishing some common language and definition around the term ‘creative placemaking’. We will discuss the concept, its importance to artists and communities, and review examples.

Ellen Ryan, Senior Director of Strategy and Planning, Fairmount Park Conservancy
Ellen Ryan currently works at the Fairmount Park Conservancy. Trained as an urban planner, Ellen has over 20 years of experience working in the public and not-for-profit sectors and has held leadership positions in a number of parks and urban planning organizations. Most recently she was the Kresge Fellow for Creative Placemaking at The Trust for Public Land. Previously she served as Executive Director of Open House New York, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn, NY and Director of Governmental Affairs at the NYC Department of City Planning. Ellen’s keen interest is the intersection of communities, parks and culture and the role a vibrant civic realm plays in individual lives.

+ Musa Hixson, Artist & Founder of Brooklyn Art Incubator. 
Musa Hixson is a multidisciplinary artist. His art explores the correlations existing between repetitive codes of information uncovered in scientific research and the various structural patterns, which occur in our everyday environment. Combining various materials with existing found objects; his multifarious art reflects assemblage, sculpture and large-scale immersive installations. 

Musa was selected as artist-in-residence at Wave Hill, Winter Workspace, Bronx, New York in 2015, at The 3-D foundation, Verbier Switzerland, Obama City Art Residency, Obama Japan, Vermont Studio Center and Virginia Center for Creative Arts. In 2014 he received an artist development grant from the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art / Rockefeller Foundation.  He has taught at a number of Universities, including CUNY, College of New Rochelle, and New Jersey City University. 

In 2003, he founded Brooklyn Art Incubator with a mission to serve needed communities through the Arts. Presently, Musa is very interested in the future of art’s relationship with and it’s responsibility to the natural environment.

MAKE SOME PLACE is a series of five interactive workshops that examine ‘creative placemaking’ as it relates to artists and their practice. By shedding light on the abundance of increasingly available resources and funding opportunities, the workshops are designed to empower artists as they find new ways of engaging communities by integrating arts and culture into community building initiatives.

The series features moderators, artists, scholars and social entrepreneurs. Each speaker is paired with an artist offering a more in­depth dialogue. Together, they provide insight into social practice work and how urban areas benefit from intentional inclusion of the arts and culture as a means to enriching the urban landscape. The audience is also invited to participate in the conversation during each session for a truly immersive experience. 

Organized and facilitated by CUE's 2016 Public Programming Fellows, Jordan Dyniewski and perryne lee poy lokhandwala. 

Supported by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 and The Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Earlier Event: August 10
Radical Plastic: Methods 3 Issue Launch
Later Event: September 21