The University of California Institute for Research in the Arts supports embedded arts research through critical exchange

UCIRA Supported Event: ART/CITY Symposium at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

03/16/2012 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM


The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley


Admission is free; pre-registration requested (see instructions below)


Since 2008, faculty affiliated with the Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley have been researching the impact of arts districts–both formal and informal–on the vitalization of metropolitan areas. in ART/CITY, we continue this examination in a daylong symposium that focuses on the Downtown Berkeley Arts District and also offer perspectives from other contexts.


(participants confirmed as of 2/13/12; subject to change)
8:30 a.m. Networking Breakfast


9:20 a.m. Welcome / Introduction
Alla Efimova, Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, UC Berkeley
Shannon Jackson, Arts Research Center, UC Berkeley


9:30 a.m. Panel: Participatory Design
What are best practices for community involvement in civic arts planning?
Plinio Hernandez, Pueblo Nuevo Gallery, Berkeley
Susan Medak, Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Harris Steinberg, PennPraxis, Philadelphia
Response by Karen Chapple, City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley


10:50 a.m. Break


11:00 a.m. Panel: Socially Engaged Art and the Mechanics of Civic Life
What does it mean to move between artistic and civic spheres? What does it mean to join them?
JD Beltran, San Francisco Arts Commission
Ruth Morgan, Community Works, Berkeley
Dawn Weleski, Conflict Kitchen, Pittsburgh
Sue Bell Yank, Hammer Museum, UCLA
Response by Kriss Worthington, Berkeley City Council


12:45 p.m. Working Lunch/Small-Group Discussions: Issues of Scale
At what geographical scale does it make sense to create arts-based partnerships in cities? What kind of ecology allows arts organizations of different sizes to thrive?
Facilitators will include:


Alla Efimova, Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, UC Berkeley
Stephanie Johnson, Berkeley Civic Arts Commission
Ariana Katovich, Earth Island Institute
Liz Lisle, Shotgun Players
Laura Ruiz, La Pena Cultural Center
Suzanne Tan, Berkeley Art Center


1:45 p.m. Report-out and Full-Group Discussion: Issues of Scale
Moderated by Shannon Jackson


2:20 p.m. Break


2:30 p.m. Panel: The Arts as a Bridge Between City and University
How can arts partnerships move us beyond the town-gown paradigm?
Jonathan Green, ARTSblock, UC Riverside
Lawrence Rinder, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Noah Simblist, SMU, Dallas
John Spiak, Grand Central Art Center, Cal State Fullerton
Response by Mary Ann Merker, Civic Arts Coordinator, City of Berkeley


4:10 p.m. Break


4:20 p.m. Working Session: Cross-Sector Partnerships in the New Economy: Potentials and Obstacles
As public sector funds diminish, how can resources be mobilized to sustain a healthy ecology for all?
Lisa Bullwinkel, Berkeley Cultural Trust
Michael Caplan, Economic Development, City of Berkeley
Julie Sinai, Community Relations, UC Berkeley
Response by Kim Anno, Berkeley Civic Arts Commission
Interactive Full-Group Discussion


5:20 p.m. Closing

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