Chat Recap: Art and Its Role in Urban Planning & Renewal

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Last Friday, the #artsmgtchat community discussed the role that art plays in community enrichment and engagement. Our featured host was Bea Dominguez, Online Community Curator at TechSoup and Communications Director at Emerging Arts Professionals. The chat was a success as we had our very first international visitors (thanks for stopping by, Vaneeesa from The Hague!). Here are some results:

  • 306 tweets
  • 36 contributors
  • 167,000 impressions
  • Reach: 25,300 individuals

Highlights from the discussion:

Q1. What do you think makes a successful/vibrant city?

@vaneeesa
A1 Community. Culture. Vibrant Public Space that fosters interaction. Lots of parking. Lots of pedestrian space.

@AllstarAltman
A1: Vibrance is a side effect of strong leadership, focuses on cultural development. If ppl are bored, they won’t like the city.

@MichaelDeLongSF
A1) There is a chicken/egg question here. Does vibrant city inspire civic engagement/does civic engagement create vibrant city?

Q2. What do you see is the role of the #arts in helping cities achieve this vibrancy?

@neilmckenzphoto
A2 The arts give people things to do and experience. Vibrancy attracts more vibrancy.

@AllstarAltman
A2: I wish cities would help bridge the gap between nfp arts orgs and private cos. bridging the gap to secure private support would be a huge boost to arts, and strengthen ties to community.

@TRGArts
A2: Being active in the community and open to collaborations with other orgs–arts OR civic orgs–and local businesses.

Q3. Are the arts the precursors of vibrant cities or are they the outcome? What came first?

@neilmckenzphoto
A3 I vote that arts are the precursors of vibrant cities or better yet creative people are the precursors.

@danyelamadrid
A3. I like to think #arts and culture help foster #creativity & development on a larger scale.

@CStarek
A3: cultural policy q – cities often use #arts as catalyst for urban renewal. Creatives & their work attract others to citycntr.

Q4. Does community transformation mean gentrification? How do we avoid negative impact?

@neilmckenzphoto
A4 Communities are always evolving and gentrification may be the result or not. A negative impact may depend on who is impacted.

@rbiega
A4: as much community input as possible, no displacement, ensure the people want the change and it benefits all – be #inclusive.

@vaneeesa
A4 things do seem to gentrify. Maybe worse in the density of NYC, and a bit less in the sprawl of LA.

Q5. Does your city value creative labor? In what ways can it value it more?

@AllstarAltman
A5: #Chi supports the arts in many ways; we are a valuable part of the econ. $2.2B in 2010 spent on arts.

@LaurenMAlbrecht
A5 economic impact studies do a good job making the case for community value.

@BrittanyDelany
A5.@MassDanceFest employs dancers,teachers & develops partnerships w/ biz.,communities,institutions #value #creative #labor.

Q6. Can you share some examples of #arts transforming communities near you?

@danyelamadrid
A6. @LACountyArts’ Arts for All program bringing arts education as core curriculum into the classroom.

@fluffyjo
A6: Hayward, CA’s mural program. Employs local artists (esp at-risk youth), promotes cultural preservation + beautification.

@katierum
A6: “Our Town” NEA grant for Station North Arts & Entertainment District in Baltimore @StationNorth.

Photo Credit: Tony Rosenthal

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