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Art & Community Development Discussion
May 10, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Art programming and community development can have a symbiotic or an adversarial relationship. On one hand, art spaces, from non-commercial community spaces to for-profit galleries, can be used by real estate interests to package neighborhoods and hasten gentrification. On the other hand, art and culture often plays a role in helping communities self-identify, develop identities, and as an organizing tool against displacement. In this panel we will explore the messy relationship between community development, art, and gentrification, as well as the line between the artist and community member in New York City. Further, we will brainstorm about potential ways to use art and culture programming and spaces to mitigate displacement.
Mei Lum, Wing on Wo & Co (W.O.W) Project
Rosemary Reyes, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation/Department of Cultural Affairs
Patrick Dougher, Groundswell
Catherine Green, ARTs East New York