Saturday, January 10, 2015 – THE CREATIVE CITY
The Creative City: An exploration of the utopian idea of the creative city, where artists and arts organizations are viewed as critical components of a healthy ecosystem. We’ll ask what role the arts sector can play in “civic creativity” or “cultural strategy” that creates “social wealth” and helps shape public sentiment, city planning and policy. We will also discuss the robust migration of the technology community from Silicon Valley to San Francisco and Oakland and the eect it’s had on the non-profit and commercial arts sector. Could we have predicted the challenges? How can we move forward? Can a revived social logic, balancing independence and interdependence cultivate resilience for artists, arts and culture workers and arts organizations?
Neil Hrushowy, PhD, MS, Manager, City Design Group, Citywide Planning
Neil oversees the City Design Group at San Francisco Planning Department. His team of urban designers is responsible for leading streetscape designs, public realm plans, urban design review for new development, and advising other City agencies on all aspects of public realm design. About the Urban Prototyping Festival
Raquel Gutiérrez, YBCA In Community Program Manager
Raquel Gutiérrez is the YBCA In Community Program Manager. Raquel is a writer, live performer, film actor, curator, playwright, and cultural organizer. She writes on art, culture, music, film, performance and community building and creates original solo and ensemble performance compositions. Raquel earned her MA in Performance Studies from New York University in 2004. She is an expert in creating artist-community partnerships for a range of institutional and community-based organizations. About the Community Engagement Program @ YBCA
The Creative City by Charles Landry p.11-31 (artists p. 15) | Knight Cities: A conversation with Deborah Cullinan | Knight Cities: A conversation with Theaster Gates | Creative but Poor? Yep, the ‘Creative Class’ Has Its Class Divide By Geoff Dembicki
One Solution to SF’s housing Crisis: Microhomes SF Examiner | A Hidden San Francisco Creek will become Street Art by Adele Peters | San Francisco Plans to Produce More Fog to Build Community Spirit by John Metcalfe
If you’d like to read further:
Books: The Rise of the Creative Class by Richard Florida | Why Richard Florida’s Honeymoon is Over By Murray Whyte | Struggling with the Creative Class By Jamie Peck | Diary By Rebecca Solnit | The Bacon wrapped Economy By Ellen Cushing | Wealth and the City by Emmanuel Rodriguez.
Healthy Arts Ecosystem By Createquity | Why Middle-Class Americans Can’t Afford to Live in Liberal Cities by Derek Thompson | SF Isn’t the Only Unaffordable City by Peter Lawrence Kane