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Arts Forum Recap: Building Resilience through the Arts

It was a standing-room-only crowd for last week’s “Arts Forum: Building Resilience through the Arts.”  The engaging conversation, hosted in collaboration with the World Policy Institute at Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO, was moderated by the New Museum’s Director of Special Projects and Curator at Large Richard Flood.

The panel featured Kemi Ilesanmi, executive director of The Laundromat Project; Lisa Kim, director of cultural affairs for Two Trees Management Company; Artist and The Intercourse founder Dustin Yellin; and Martin Rosengaard, co-founder of

While the first session in the 2013 Arts Forum series focused on the cultural community’s response to superstorm Sandy, this discussion centered on the meaning of resilience to the arts community—from growing networks, to deepening economic sustainability, to strengthening communities—and  the important role artists and the arts play in creating resilient, livable, vibrant communities.

As MAS President Vin Cipolla noted in his opening remarks, “Arts and culture unite communities—they provide the glue that brings neighbors together and are a key ingredient in the recipe of neighborhood pride, cohesion, economic activity and vibrancy.”  This notion was touched on throughout the evening as the panelists discussed their own work to cross disciplines, foster neighborhood growth, activate creativity and engage in social activism. Video of the panel discussion is available on YouTube.

MAS is proud to continue the Arts Forum series, presented for many years by the Alliance for the Arts. The Arts Forum is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of
 Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. The series will continue on April 9th with Grand Central Terminal: Design for the Next Century.