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Public Art/Housing Publics: Conversations on Art and Social Justice

Berkeley Arts + Design

Friday, November 21, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PST)

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Friday, November 21 | 1:00-6:00pm 

Public Art/Housing Publics: Conversations on Art and Social Justice
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The Public Art/Housing Publics: Conversations on Art and Social Justice symposium will explore innovative collaborations across cultural and social justice sectors. How can we sustain affordable housing and healthy neighborhoods in our communities? How can we sustain a thriving artistic life for our citizens? Most importantly, how can we answer both of these questions together? Timed to coincide with the residency of UC-Berkeley Regents Lecturer, Rick Lowe of Project Row Houses, participants will include artists, scholars, civic organizers, and affordable housing developers from around the Bay Area.

1pm: Introduction with Shannon Jackson, ARC Director

1:15-3:15pm: Taking Ownership: Grass-Roots Place-Based Art, Housing,and Community Development
Featuring: Elena Serrano, Executive Director, Eastside Arts Alliance; and Eastside Cultural Center partners; Aubra Levine, Senior Project Manager, Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA); Paul Okamoto, Okamoto Saijo Architects; and Andrea Papanastassiou, Deputy Director of Consulting, Northern California Community Loan Fund. Rick Lowe will act as respondent. 
What does it take for a neighborhood-based arts organization to secure its future? Does owning your own building help? What kind of partnerships and cross-sector communication does non-profit real estate development require? What is the connection between housing and art? What does place-based creativity mean, and how does ownership in the broadest sense relate to authenticity? The partners who created the Eastside Cultural Center will discuss the development of the original center, which includes space for community arts creation and 16 units of affordable housing, and their current plans to build more units as well as expand arts programming.

3:30-5:30pm: Artists Working Across Sectors: New Knowledges and Scales of Practice
Featuring: Walter J. Hood, UC Berkeley Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Urban Design,  Jordan Simmons, Artistic Director, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts; and Raquel Gutierrez, YBCA In Community Program Manager, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, among others. Rick Lowe will act as respondent.
This session explores the new knowledges, techniques, and vocabularies that social justice artists have acquired to depend and to extend their practice. Panelists discuss the obstacles and opportunities for imagining their work at different scales; considering issues of immigration, gentrification, urban planning, cultural policy, land rights, and environmentalism, they discuss their personal and collective strategies for working across sectors.

5:30pm-6:00pm: Closing Remarks

Note: Symposium participants are welcome to attend the Museum’s L@TE event, though a paid admission is required.

Public Art/Housing Publics: Conversations on Art and Social Justice is co-sponsored by The Arts Research Center, the Global Urban Humanities Initiative, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and UC-Berkeley Regents Lecture series. Special thanks to Amanda Eicher and OPENrestaurant.

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Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Friday, November 21, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PST)

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Berkeley Arts + Design features, fortifies, and mobilizes existing excellence in the arts and design at Berkeley, while fostering dynamic collaboration, innovation, and public access across all arts and design fields, on campus and in public life.

At a time when many tout the importance of ‘creativity,’ UC Berkeley’s arts and design landscape offers a distinctive and robust context for creative experiment, one enriched by the scientific and cultural wealth of a world-class public research university, one propelled by an historic public mission and a commitment to access and social impact. The University offers degrees ranging across music, visual arts, literature, film, theater, dance, architecture, and multiple design fields. With numerous internationally renowned museums, galleries, and presenting organizations, over 200 student clubs devoted to the arts and design, and an enviable roster of free public lectures and cultural events each day, the University of California, Berkeley is mobilizing new generations of creative leaders, arts audiences, and engaged citizens.

Established in 2015, Berkeley Arts + Design is a campus-wide initiative within the office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for the Arts and Design, one that serves arts and design departments, schools, colleges, presenters, and student clubs. From Art Practice to Landscape Architecture, Cal Performance to Botanical Gardens, Holloway Reading Series to Art, Technology and Culture Colloquium, Student Musical Activities to Innovative Design Club, Arts + Design cultivates cross-campus conversations, strengthens student experiences, propels new courses and academic offerings, supports public events, and fuels collaborative faculty research in the creative sphere.

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