A Culture of Possibility Podcast #11: Meeting the Moment with Jan Cohen-Cruz and Rad Pereira

I was at a creative placemaking event in a New York bank auditorium. People were very enthusiastic about how art and culture contribute to transforming communities. And they were talking as if they’d invented it. They were municipal workers, bankers, people who work in public policy. There were few artists, but more I saw artists around me in the audience. And I thought, this is just wacky, how little the left hand ever knows what the right hand is doing. And I thought, you know, why did these people who identify with creative placemaking — or following the wonderful critique Roberto Bedoya gave us — creative placekeeping, why don’t they know about community based theatre, or what we used to call activist theater or social practice in the visual arts? That’s all about the social context. And I just wanted people to know about each other.

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