On Thursday November 13th 2008, IUS Director Jino Distasio will be moderating a panel discussion at the University of Winnipeg on Creative Cities. Organized by the U of W's Gallery 1C03, the event will explore
"To what extent do perspectives on the nature of urban life acknowledge the role of artists and other creative thinkers in the organic versus constructed evolution of city dynamics? How can a local arts policy help a city move toward intelligent and sustainable incorporations of creativity that embrace challenging practices and empowering critique as part of a healthy social and political process and framework for equitable development?
Many contemporary art practices demonstrate intersections with other aspects of contemporary life. Thus, it is important to participate in conversations about the roles of creative practitioners in ways that cross disciplinary boundaries. It is true that we sometimes speak different languages and, consequently, do not always understand each other. Nevertheless, let us find common ground in the following question: To what extent can artists contribute to the livability of cities in ways that transcend the decoration of them? And in doing so, let us consider contemporary art as a point of entry into exploring ethical human interaction as a premise for urban development.
Hazel Borys, Managing Principal of Placemakers, will discuss new urbanism and draw attention to planning strategies that incorporate social, ecological, cultural, and economic interests and measures.
Roewan Crowe, artist and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, will address community building through relational practices in the arts, as well as an event she curated called Art Building Community, which took place at the University of Winnipeg in May 2008.
Izida Zorde, Editor of FUSE magazine, will explore the contradictions inherent in conventional understandings of what constitutes a “creative city”. She will demonstrate the consequences of accepting this proposition without sufficient recognition of local conditions, strengths, energies, and needs.
A response will be offered by Tricia Wasney, Manager - Public Art, Winnipeg Arts Council."
Thursday, November 13, 2008
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Eckhart Grammate Hall, Centennial Hall, University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB
Admission is Free