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Measuring Vibrancy: The Impacts of Arts and Culture Investments in Placemaking

MAS is very pleased to present a special Arts Forum panel discussion on Tuesday, April 24th supported by ArtPlace and the Rockefeller Foundation, Measuring Vibrancy: The Impacts of Arts and Culture Investments in Placemaking. MAS is convening urban leaders from the development, design, economic development, research, and real estate communities nationwide to discuss options for measuring the impacts of creative placemaking.

Measuring Vibrancy: The Impacts of Arts and Culture Investments in Placemaking

DATE: Tuesday, April 24th 2012
TIME: 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Reception to follow.
LOCATION: National Museum of the American Indian, One Bowling Green,
REGISTER: Program is free but registration is required

Panelists include:

  • Carol Coletta, President, ArtPlace [moderator]
  • Joe Cortright, President and Principal Economist, Impresa, Portland,
  • Kevin Stolarick, Research Director, The Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management, Toronto, ON
  • Kimberly Driggins, Associate Director, Citywide Planning, Washington, DC
  • Sue Mosey, President, Midtown Detroit, Detroit, MI

This convening represents one of MAS’s core program areas—the contribution that arts and culture make to the city’s livability. At recent the MAS annual meeting, MAS Celebrates Arts and the Livable City, we awarded Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin with the prestigious Evangeline Blashfield Award for her heroic efforts to promote arts and culture in New York. We also awarded John Morse with the Brendan Gill Prize for his Curbside Haikus. The celebration of and appreciation for the arts is deep-rooted in MAS’s history; we were founded by artists who understood both the intrinsic and extrinsic value of the arts to city building.

However, the impact of arts and cultural investments on neighborhoods—their economies, public safety, desirability, and enjoyment for inhabitants—is hard to quantify. This program will provide an opportunity for those engaged in placemaking to hear about various approaches to measuring the impact of arts and culture in communities.

The panel will be moderated by Carol Coletta of ArtPlace, a national collaboration of foundations, federal agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts, and some of the nation’s largest banks set up to support placemaking initiatives. To measure the impact of these types of investments, ArtPlace is developing a set of Vibrancy Indicators.

The Arts Forum is a sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts with funding provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. MAS thanks the National Museum of the American Indian for helping us host this event.