2017 a2ru National Conference
The 2017 theme, Arts in the Public Sphere: Civility, Advocacy, and Engagement, will use the city of Boston as a starting point for discussion and engagement surrounding creative placemaking. As a 21st century global city, Boston embodies many of the issues that drive diverse contemporary cultural contexts. It supports a rich and continually evolving sense of civic realms, and is home to leading arts, educational, medical, industrial, and corporate entities invested in innovative modes of research, practice, and civic participation. There is also clear recognition that the ‘public sphere’ is not confined to large metropolitan regions. Creating dynamic communities that engage and extend beyond traditional boundaries – in both virtual and material ways – remains a growing challenge and the work before us.
What is Creative Placemaking?
Throughout history, artists, musicians, and designers have been catalysts for civic engagement and social change. Creative placemaking brings the cultural sector into strategic collaboration with sectors more traditionally engaged in urban planning and development, such as transportation and housing. It is a strategic effort by governmental, commercial, nonprofit, civic, and philanthropic stakeholders to position the cultural sector as a crucial component of holistic, place-based planning in the United States. This holistic planning is intended to result in more equitable policy decisions and improved general well-being of all residents.
Dr. Barbara O. Korner has been dean of the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture since June 2007, during which time she has overseen the development of a bustling Arts District on the northern end of campus. In March 2018, she announced that she would retire in December 2019.
A national leader in arts in higher education, Dean Korner served as co-director of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s (ATHE) Leadership Institute from 2000 to 2016. She co-founded the institute, which has worked with more than 250 faculty and administrators, with Mark Heckler, president of Valparaiso University. In 2016, she and Heckler were co-recipients of ATHE’s Ellen Stewart Award for Career Achievement in Academic Theatre.
Dean Korner, a Distinguished Alumna of the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University, serves on the board of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) and the executive committee of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru). She previously served on the board of directors of ATHE and of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans.
Before coming to Penn State, she was associate and interim dean in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Florida. Dean Korner maintains an active role as a performing artist and is the writer and performer of Responding to the Call: African-American Women Preachers and co-editor of Hardship and Hope: Missouri Women Writing about their Lives.
Jamie Bennett was the Executive Director of ArtPlace America from 2014 to 2020. Previously, Jamie served as Chief of Staff at the National Endowment for the Arts and Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. He has also provided strategic counsel at the Agnes Gund Foundation; served as chief of staff to the President of Columbia University; and worked in fundraising at The Museum of Modern Art, the New York Philharmonic, and Columbia College. His past nonprofit affiliations have included the Board of Directors of Art21 and the HERE Arts Center; the Foot-in-the-Door Committee of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation; and Studio in a School’s Associates Committee. Jamie received his BA from Columbia College in New York City.
In his role as Associate Vice President of the Office of the Arts at Emerson College and Executive Director of ArtsEmerson, David is fiscally and administratively responsible for multiple cultural venues in Boston’s downtown Theater District. Prior to his current role, he served as the Executive Director of the award-winning Boston Children’s Chorus.
As a faculty member at the Institute for Nonprofit Practice, David teaches a management and leadership seminar to nonprofit managers and executives. David serves on the Boards of the American Friends of Chineke Foundation, Exponential Creativity Ventures, Social Innovation Forum, Philanthropy Massachusetts, and Chorus America. He also serves on the Board of Corporators for Eastern Bank, the Board of Advisors at the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Advisory Council of the New England Foundation for the Arts.
David has received numerous awards for his innovative leadership and civic contributions including being named in 2018 as one of the GK100: Boston’s Most Influential People of Color. David holds degrees from Bradley University and New England Conservatory of Music.
Liu is an award-winning artist, social impact strategist, and real estate developer with a successful track record of developing “Community Benefits by Design” real estate projects. As the Senior Fellow for Arts, Culture and Equitable Development at PolicyLink, he has shaped and is guiding an initiative that integrate arts and culture into the work of equitable development.
In 2004, Jeremy created the National Bitter Melon Council with his long-time collaborator Hiroko Kikuchi. The Council, which promotes the literal and poetic potential of Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia) and continues to operate as a vegetable promotion board, received the Artadia Artist Prize and has performed, practiced, exhibited and promoted in neighborhoods, communities, museums, and venues around the country. As a community developer, he has led two different affordable housing and community economic development organizations responsible, eventually, for overseeing a staff of 110 professionals, 1,400 apartments in 16 properties home to several thousand families and residents, 250,000 square feet of commercial space, an operating budget of over $12 million, and assets in excess of $150 million.
He is also the co-founder of Creative Ecology Partners, a design studio and incubator for urban, economic and community development innovation that has advised purpose-built social enterprises in real estate, systems engineering, consumer packaged goods, workforce development, urban agriculture, food retail, mobile banking, green infrastructure, and arts & culture. He is a board member of the Center for Neighborhood Technology and the New England Foundation for the Arts, and has served as an advisor/panelist for a range of organizations, including the Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Science Foundation, ArtPlace America, the Institute for the Future, the Oakland Business Development Center, and the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archives.
Located in Boston and founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a global, experiential research university that offers degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Home to more than 35 specialized research and education centers, they are a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement and interdisciplinary research that responds to global and societal needs.
Our experiential learning approach enables students to put ideas into action and grow as innovative problem solvers through work, research, international study and service.
Our faculty pursues use-inspired, interdisciplinary research with a focus on discovering solutions to global challenges in health, security and sustainability.
Our more than 1,200 full-time faculty members are leading educators and scholars who forge research and educational partnerships across the campus and around the world.
Grounded in global engagement, our learning and research platforms impact every continent. Overall, we are committed to an education that engages with the world to solve problems and lead change. Our distinctive approach, which is founded in cooperative education, creates an academic culture that infuses both undergraduate and graduate studies.