Greetings!

Thank you for registering for our third program in the Necessary Relevance Arts & Culture Series, "Public Art." For those who were able to participate live, we hope you enjoyed hearing from our panel about the many ways in which supporting art can build up and bind local communities.

Unfortunately, we were unable to record the event due to a tech snafu, but here is a summary:

We began with opening remarks about the series, gave some background data points on the Federal and State budgets and private philanthropy in the US, and then we moved into the program:

  • Jonathan Harris gave a brief history lecture on the history of federal arts grants in the US starting in a similar crisis of power and transition in US history in the 1930s during the New Deal and the community art centers operated by the Federal Art Project; he raised the issue of not having a commonly understood definition of what is “public” -- never mind what constitutes “art” in a multicultural society like ours; he also advocated for radically de-centralized control of resources that help support the creation of and access to art as a way for democracy to move forward;
  • Samantha Matlin and Sara Ansell discussed the Porch Light Project and the study of whether public art can improve public health;
  • Tova spoke about her experiences as a public art and mural artist, and her flexibility of engagement with the local communities in which she travels and works; and
  • Emily Hooper Lansana described the empowering work of developing storytelling for individuals to be living tributes to culture and history in their communities
“Your work is very impressive - the ideas that you are bringing to us through your guests is inspiring.”
“Thanks for an inspiring session. Much needed in these COVID times.”
We are pleased to provide you with some resources (listed below) related to the program.

If you have any additional feedback, please send us an email. We appreciate your input, which will allow us to improve the quality and relevance of our future programming.

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Many thanks, and hope to see you at an upcoming YANA Event!

Rachel Littman '91, YANA Executive Director
RESOURCES FROM THE SPEAKERS
BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY
Jonathan Harris

REVA & DAVID LOGAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS, UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
Emily Hooper Lansana '88


MURAL ARTS PORCH LIGHT PROGRAM

Samantha Matlin Ph.D.
VP of Learning & Community Impact, Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation

Sara Ansell
Client Success Manager, True Impact

INTERNATIONAL PAINTER & MURALIST
Tova Snyder '82

OTHER PUBLIC ART RESOURCES
READINGS & TALKS


PUBLIC ART PROGRAMS


ORGANIZATIONS



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