Jamie Bennett, E.D. of Artplace America (U.S.)Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
(2 hrs. approximate run time)
How can the arts help create equitable, healthy, and sustainable futures?
Creative placemaking is about getting artists and designers, community culture groups, arts research groups, cultural affairs offices, and arts organizations out of their silos and into the neighborhoods and regions around them. It has evolved significantly over the past decade. In practice, concept, and research there is a diverse and growing body of experience. What began as a small program in 2009 at the National Endowment of the Arts has become a central way of connecting creativity, function, and public life.
This is a chance to hear about lessons learned and the state of the art in creative placemaking from its leading expert and advocate, Jamie Bennett.
3:30 – 4:00 Reception
4:00 – 5:00 Talk with Q & A
5:00 – 5:30 Cocktail reception, informal discussion
About Jamie Bennett
Jamie Bennett is the executive director of ArtPlace America, a partnership among 16 foundations, 8 federal agencies, and 6 financial institutions working to position art and culture as a core sector of community planning and development by investing in, researching, and supporting those who lead and execute creative placemaking projects.
To date, ArtPlace has invested $96 million in 262 projects in communities of all sizes across the United States in which artists and arts organizations are working with their neighbors to help create equitable, healthy, and sustainable futures.
Until December 2013, Jamie was Chief of Staff and Director of Public Affairs at the National Endowment for the Arts, where he oversaw the national rollouts of the “Our Town” grant program and partnerships with the US Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Health and Human Services, and Housing and Urban Development.
Previously, Jamie was Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, where he oversaw the agency’s partnerships with the NYC Departments for the Aging, of Education, and of Youth and Community Development.
Jamie 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.
Before entering the public sector, Jamie served on the board of the HERE Arts Center. Jamie received a B.A. in drama and theatre arts from Columbia University.
About ArtPlace America
ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is a ten-year collaboration among a number of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions that works to position arts and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities.
ArtPlace focuses its work on creative placemaking, which describes projects in which art plays an intentional and integrated role in place-based community planning and development. This brings artists, arts organizations, and artistic activity into the suite of placemaking strategies pioneered by Jane Jacobs and her colleagues, who believed that community development must be locally informed, human-centric, and holistic.
In practice, this means having arts and culture represented alongside sectors like housing and transportation – with each sector recognized as part of any healthy community; as requiring planning and investment from its community; and as having a responsibility to contribute to its community’s overall future.