Friday, March 18, 2011 , Updated 12:00 a.m., April 8, 2011
Southern Methodist University hosts free public art symposium
Local and national leaders in the arts will discuss a recent report written about the state of Dallas' arts.
- Bob Hope Theatre
6101 Bishop Boulevard
DALLAS The Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University is hosting a public symposium from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 9 to discuss a set of recommendations suggested for fostering the arts in Dallas. It's based on a study by a New York company called Creative Time, which gave 13 ways for Dallas' arts community to be more successful. You can see the full report here.
SMU's April 9 event will discuss those findings. Called “The Freedom of the City: Models of Urban Engagement and Creativity in the 21st Century,” the discussion will bring all sorts of arts professionals to the table. Says SMU:
Dean Almy, associate professor of architecture and director of the Graduate Programs in Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, University of Texas-Austin
Brent Brown, architect; director of CityDesign Studio and buildingcommunity WORKSHOP, Dallas
Mel Chin, artist; projects include Revival Field (use of plants to remove toxic metals from soil) and KNOWMAD (video game based on rug patterns of disappearing nomadic people); investigates how art can provoke greater social awareness and responsibility
Wanda Dye, assistant professor of architecture, University of Texas-Arlington
Tom Finkelpearl, executive director, Queens Museum of Art, and author of Dialogues in Public Art
Rick Lowe, artist; founder of Project Row Houses, Houston, the Watts House Project, Los Angeles, and other community building projects nationwide
Cheryl Mayo, executive director, West Dallas Community Centers
Laurie Jo Reynolds, Aatist; Soros Justice Fellow; projects include Tamms Year Ten, which led to prison reform in Illinois; fuses art with political activism
Jason Roberts, founder and president, Oak Cliff Transit Authority; co-founded Art Conspiracy and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff; “Better Blocks” project organizer
Zoka Zola, architect; winner of Architecture magazine’s Home of the Year Award
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