Byproduct: Civic Studio

Sam Durant’s installation, “We Are the People,” on view at Project Row Houses in 2003. Photo by Rick Lowe, courtesy Project Row Houses.
Sam Durant’s installation, “We Are the People,” on view at Project Row Houses in 2003. Photo by Rick Lowe, courtesy Project Row Houses.

Laundromat Symposium on Tuesday, November 19th at 6:00 PM: Civic Studio.  Walnut Place Laundromat, 4241 Walnut St. KCMO.

“The City is at a pivotal juncture in its cultural development and this plan focuses on the public role – the municipality – in the future development of the cultural life of the City.” KCMO Art Convergence Plan

What are the various roles that artists and the arts can play in civic infrastructure? What are the responsibilities of artists in public space? The Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts have released their final report, what is to be done? (Link here).  What are our community cultural needs? What is creative placemaking? Does it lead to gentrification?

predetermined participants:

Jacob Wagner is an Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Design at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His work is focused on Kansas City and New Orleans, including issues of sustainable food systems, vacancy and neighborhood stabilization, and community planning for equitable development. He is a 2013 Rocket Grant recipient.

May Tveit is an artist whose site-specific art & public art has received national critical reviews in Art in America, Art Papers, National Public Radio, The Kansas City Star, and Review Magazine. She currently teaches at the University of Kansas and lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri.

Julia Cole is the Rocket Grants program coordinator at Charlotte Street Foundation and was on the Mayors Task force for the Arts.

A. Bitterman: http://noweiwei.com/about.html

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Laundromat Symposiums are open to the public and will address various topics and ideas in which participants will actually do their laundry. Rather than reinforcing the roles of academic panel and attentive audience, invited guests in this series will come prepared with questions and various experiences to stimulate and guide public discourse. The conversation between the engaged participants will be recorded and available online at the Rocket Grants Website.  Please consider joining us over laundry! 

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