The Creative Placemaking SeriesWith ArtPlace America Executive Director Jamie Bennett
Thursday - Friday, November 13 - 14, 2014
Placemaking has become an exceedingly hot topic among American arts and culture leaders. The Creative Placemaking Series explored the nature of placemaking, or the set of practices in which art and culture work intentionally to help to transform a public place, with ArtPlace America's Jamie Bennett as guide.
Three events were offered:
- HAA President + CEO Jonathon Glus and Mr. Bennett held an open dialogue during What It Really Takes for Art to Drive Placemaking at University of Houston University Center Theater. This in-depth conversation explored the nature of placemaking, effective placemaking methods and the future of American placemaking.
- Prior to What It Really Takes for Art to Drive Placemaking, Mr. Bennett presented Placemaking for Planners at Architecture Center Houston, tailoring his creative placemaking thoughts to the interests of urban planners, architects and city officials.
- Graduate students in architecture, urban planning, design and arts leadership were invited to a special presentation, with Mr. Bennett, at Project Row Houses.
Placemaking for Planners by Jamie Bennett of ArtPlace
Co-sponsored by AIA Houston, Architecture Center Houston and American Planners Association, Houston Section
Thursday, November 13, 2014, 5:30 p.m., Reception; 6 p.m., Presentation
Architecture Center Houston, 315 Capitol, Suite 120
What It Really Takes for Art to Drive Placemaking: A Conversation between Jamie Bennett and Jonathon Glus
Co-sponsored by Center for Arts Leadership at the University of Houston
Friday, November 14, 2014, 9:30 a.m.
University of Houston, University Center Theatre, Building 565
Placemaking for Students in Planning, Arts Leadership, Design and Architecture
Co-sponsored by Project Row Houses
Friday, November 14, 2014, 2 p.m.
Project Row Houses, First Floor, 2521 Holman
ABOUT JAMIE BENNETT
Jamie Bennett has been the Executive Director of ArtPlace America since January 2014. 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. Mr. Bennett received his B.A. from Columbia College in New York City.
ABOUT ARTPLACE AMERICA
ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is a ten-year collaboration that exists to position art 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 has invested a total of $56.8 million in 189 projects in 122 communities across 42 states and the District of Columbia since 2012. ArtPlace America National Grants generally range between $50,000 - $500,000. ArtPlace focuses its work on creative placemaking, the set of practices in which art and culture work intentionally to help to transform a place. ArtPlace has four core areas of activity: it manages a national grants program that supports creative placemaking projects in communities of all sizes; it will extend this work by investing more deeply through multi-year investments in 5 communities; it seeks to understand, document and disseminate successful creative placemaking practices through its research strategies; and it works to connect practitioners, organizations and communities with one another.