NEA to Webcast “Creative Placemaking”

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Washington, DC-The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will offer a live webcast of“Creative Placemaking,” a panel discussion on the role of the arts in creating livable, sustainable communities. The webcast will be on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 from 3:00 to 4:15 EDT at the NEA web site, This is the NEA’s fifth live webcast in the past nine months and reflects the agency’s commitment to providing access to the nation’s thought leaders in arts and culture and to conversations that engage important issues in that area.

Participants in the panel discussion are:

Richard Florida, author ofThe Great ResetandThe Rise of the Creative Class
Tim Jones, president & CEO of Toronto Artscape
Rick Lowe, founder of Project Row Houses in Houston, Texas.
Ann Markusen, professor and director of the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

The panel will be moderated by Carol Coletta, CEO of CEOs for Cities and is co-hosted by the Embassy of Canada.

To watch the webcast, go to Viewers will be able to submit questions to the panelists through the Twitter feed on the UStream page using the hashtag #NEAplace.

Panelist Biographies

Carol Coletta (moderator) has served as president and CEO of CEOs for Cities since 2005. Previously, she was president of Coletta & Company in Memphis, Tennessee. In addition, she served as executive director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design. For ten years, she was the host and producer of the nationally syndicated public radio show Smart City.

In addition to authoring several important books, including those listed above andFlight of the Creative Class, The Breakthrough Illusion and Beyond Mass Production, Richard Florida is founder of the Creative Class Group, an advisory services firm, charting new trends in business and community. He is a regular correspondent for Atlantic Monthly and a regular columnist with the Globe and Mailnewspaper. He has written numerous articles for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Boston Globe, and the Financial Times. He is director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and professor of Business and Creativity at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Since 1998 and under Tim Jones’s direction as president and CEO, Artscape has grown from a Toronto-based affordable studio provider to an internationally recognized leader in city-building through the arts. In Toronto, Tim has played a catalytic role in the redevelopment of the Distillery District and galvanized the vision, interest, and investment to create Artscape Gibraltar Point and the award-winning Artscape Wychwood Barns. In Canada and abroad, Tim acts as a consultant and advisor on projects, policy, and initiatives and speaks at more than 20 conferences and events each year.

Rick Lowe is the founder of Project Row Houses, a neighborhood-based nonprofit art and cultural organization in Houston’s Northern Third Ward, one of the city’s oldest African-American communities. He is also an artist, architect, urban designer, developer, businessman, andactivist who is a catalyst for social outreach for underserved neighborhoods. Lowe’s early founding of Project Row House became the template for others to follow on how to bring local people together to engage their own creative energies and aesthetic values to produce a “collective expression” to reinstate a community.

In addition to her work with the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, Ann Markusen recently held the Harvey Perloff Chair at UCLA. Currently she is A. D. White Professor-at-large at Cornell University (2007-14) and Fulbright Distinguished Chair, Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow, UK (2010-11.) She served as North American Regional Science Association President, Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow, and AAAS Science, Engineering and Public Policy Committee Chair. Her many books include Native Artists: Careers, Resources, Space, Gifts (2009), Leveraging Investments in Creativity Artist Data User Guide(2008), Reining in the Competition for Capital (2007), Crossover: How Artists Build Careers across Commercial, Non-profit and Community Work (2006), and The Artistic Dividend (2003).

Headline image Richard Florida.

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