The Arts in Planning Context

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
CM | 1.25
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  • Learn about the different ways in which artists have become involved directly in larger municipal planning processes.

  • Understand what types of roles artists can take within planning discussions and how they can add to larger issue-based community conversations.

  • Learn about what motivates artists to engage with planners and how to construct mutually beneficial collaborations.

Traditionally the arts have been viewed within the planning profession as important elements for community identity and economic development.  Focusing on the development of arts institutions, cultural districts, and tourism, the arts are recognized as an important dimension of civic life.  However, with recent shifts in the world of arts practice and funding, a new emphasis has been placed on finding ways in which artistic practices can add to community development efforts. Funders such as the National Endowment for the Arts and ArtPlace America are now actively exploring ways in which the arts can expand their presence within communities.  Within this context, artists are finding themselves on interdisciplinary teams searching for answers to municipal issues and engaging in difficult conversations around issues of housing, open space development, community health, and politics in general. In this session, a discussion will be organized between a cross-disciplinary set of panelists who represent planning and artistic professionals.  Sharing their experiences with specific projects, they will explore how artists can take an active role in municipal projects, and how their skills can best elicit and support community goals.


Katarzyna Balug , Department of Play , Somerville , MA (see bio)
Maria Vidart-Delgado , Watertown , MA (see bio)
Zakcq Lockrem , AICP , Asakura Robinson , Minneapolis , MN (see bio)
Lynn Osgood , GO collaborative , Austin , TX (see bio)