Listen to the audio of this event: Public (Art x Space)
Image: TreeHouse by Benjamin Jones for Figment
In recent years, New York City has become a major locus for exploring the role of art in public spaces, art as public space, and the art of public space. These valuable initiatives represent not only a means for engaging and developing vibrant communities, but give us new ways to think about managing the arts. For this Creative Conversation, four local champions in public art practice shared behind-the-scenes cases of projects they have managed; reflected on motivations, strategies for success, and lessons learned as advocates for dynamic, livable cities.
Panelists: David Koren, Executive Producer, Figment Lauren Ross, Curator and Director of Arts Programs, The High Line Representative from Department of Transportation, Urban Art Program
Moderated by: Katie Denny, North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition
Wednesday, April 21, 6:30pm WNYC’s Jerome L. Greene Performance Space 44 Charlton Street (at Varick Street)
Read on for panelist bios and more…
David Koren is the executive producer of FIGMENT, and serves as the executive director of Action Arts League, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to participatory arts and culture. He has significant experience in the areas of arts, architecture, marketing, event production, and management. David is an Associate Principal and the Director of Marketing at Perkins Eastman, the largest architecture firm in New York. He is the author of The Architect’s Essentials of Marketing, a basic guide to marketing for architects, published by John Wiley & Sons. In January 2008, David was named one of the “40 under 40″ in Building Design & Construction Magazine. He is a graduate of New York University (BFA in Dramatic Writing) and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland (M.Phil. in Irish Theatre). Two of his plays are published, and are performed frequently around the United States and abroad. FIGMENT celebrates an abundance of creativity and passion, challenging artists and our communities to find new ways to create, share, think, and dream. Become a part of events in NYC (June 11‐13) and Boston (June 5), and interactive exhibits on NYC’s Governors Island from June through October. For more information, visit http://figmentproject.org.
Lauren Ross is the curator and director of arts programs at The High Line, Manhattan’s elevated public park that opened in 2009. The park traverses well-known art districts and aims to make a connection with the arts through commissions and creative partnerships.
Department of Transportation, Urban Art Program The Urban Art Program is an initiative to invigorate the City’s streetscapes with engaging temporary art installations. As part of the World Class Streets initiative, art will help foster more vibrant and attractive streets and offer the public new ways to experience New York City’s streetscapes.
Katie Denny (moderator) will represent the North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition. The mission of the North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition (NbPac) is to work with artists and the communities of Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick to produce art in public spaces. Based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NbPac aims to create opportunities for artists, spark dialogue with community members and address issues within our neighborhoods and open spaces.
Emerging Leaders of New York Arts (ELNYA) is a New York City-based networking and professional development group that explores challenges, best practices, and new ideas in the field of arts management. We are an evolving group of arts administrators in our 20s and 30s who strive to empower ourselves with hands-on leadership opportunities and programming that elevates our field.
Student Network Exploring Arts & Culture (SNEAC) is an NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service student group whose mission is to promote informed discourse and activity in the arts and cultural sector with an emphasis on policy and administration.