Panel Discussion: Arts & Urban Development

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Amplify Arts

1419 South 13th Street

#Suite 103

Omaha, NE 68108

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Join panelists Manuel Cook, Megan Lutz, and Amy Nelson for a discussion on the relationship between art and urban development.

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Artists and organizers invest in neighborhoods by activating public spaces. They work to understand the unique cultural assets in their communities, and through collaborative working practices, develop context-sensitive approaches to placemaking. They create stability in rapidly transitioning neighborhoods by communicating the cultural history of place. Why then, given artists’ ability to meaningfully shape the built environment, are planning and development initiatives resistant to fully integrating their voices into the process? How would our city look, feel, and function differently if artists and organizers were embedded in planning and development projects from the beginning?

The Alternate Currents lunch-time conversation series brings together Manuel Cook, Neighborhood Planner at the City of Omaha, Megan Lutz, Partner at Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture, and Amy Nelson, Associate Professor of Fine Art at Creighton University for a candid discussion about the relationship between art and urban development, artistic practices that address systemic social and economic inequities perpetuated within the built environment, and how artists can work with planners and developers to build greener, more just cities. Bring lunch, come with questions, and join the conversation.

Alternate Currents opens space for conversation, ideation, and action around national and international discussions in the arts that have a profound impact at the local level. Alternate Currents exists both on- and off-line in the form of a dedicated online resource and lunch-time conversation series.

You can read up on the panel topic with the online resources found on the Alternate Currents blog page: www.amplifyarts.org/alternate-currents

About the Panelists:

Manuel Cook (Manne) is a creative placemaker and urban planner who works to create vibrant places and more livable built environments. Manne works closely with local artists and grassroots organizations to produce events, exhibitions, and creative placemaking projects. His most recent placemaking project, the Study, creatively purposed two vacant/underutilized spaces on 24th and Burdette Streets and resulted in a handful of creative lead projects and the establishment of two independent creative spaces occupied by seven artists and cultural entrepreneurs. He is currently a Neighborhood Planner for the City of Omaha Planning Department where he specializes in planning for people oriented, human scale development and developing a node and corridor strategy for the Neighborhood planning section. Manne studied Spatial Sciences at Rijks University in the Netherlands, and holds a Masters in Urban Studies from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Megan Lutz possesses a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of the design process, from master planning through building construction. She draws from a range of project and research experiences, including her time as a Fulbright Scholar at the Center for Public Space Research in Copenhagen. With a passion for Omaha, Megan takes particular interest in the revitalization of its central neighborhoods, through a thoughtful and strategic approach to urban design, planning and architecture that is driven by the needs of the city’s current and future residents.

Amy Nelson is active in the Omaha arts community. She is a member of Finding A Voice, a community partnership organization sponsored by the Siena Francis House Homeless Shelter and a Mentor in the Joslyn’s Kent Bellows Mentoring Program for young artists. Nelson was honored as the 2015 Midlands Mentoring Partnership (MMP) Mentor of the Year. Amy has exhibited her work in numerous exhibitions across the US and been an Artist in Residence at the Watershed Center for Ceramic Art in Newcastle, Maine and The Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. Amy has given lectures, demonstrations and hosted workshops on the American Craft Movement and the role art plays in civic engagement. Amy received her BFA from Creighton University in 1997 and her MFA from East Carolina University School of Art & Design in 2002. Currently Amy is an Associate Professor of Fine Art at Creighton University, teaching courses in Ceramics and Art and Civic Engagement.

Amplify Arts is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to promote unity, innovation, and progress in the arts to build strong and vibrant communities. Alternate Currents opens space for conversation, ideation, and action around national and international discussions in the arts that have a profound impact at the local level. The Alternate Currents blog is a go-to online resource that links readers to topical articles, interviews, and critical writing centered in national and international discussions that put a spotlight on artist-led policy platforms, cross-sector partnerships, and artist-driven community change. The Alternate Currents lunchtime conversation series keeps these discussions going in person by bringing together artists, community leaders, and policy makers who contextualize the issues at a local level and offer up action-oriented responses.

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Omaha, NE 68108

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