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‘Creative Placemaking’ lecture and workshop slated for Feb. 12 and 13
Monday, January 05, 2015

The Visual Arts and New Media Department’s Visiting Artist, Adam Horowitz, will lead a lecture and workshop about Creative Placemaking and the efforts of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, a non-governmental agency he created.

The lecture will be held on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 8:30 p.m. in McEwen Hall Room 209. The Creative Placemaking workshop will take place on Friday, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. at the Alumni House on campus. Lunch will be provided and seating is limited. Those interested should R.s.v.p. by Feb. 6 to peter.tucker@fredonia.edu.

Mr. Horowitz, “Chief Instigator” of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, will discuss Creative Placemaking, a method of creating vibrant communities by embracing the creative potential of a place. Horowitz, along with Visual Arts and New Media Assistant Professor Peter Tucker, will generate dialogue about how art and culture are valued. They will also present examples of Creative Placemaking and encourage discussion about how people can build on the creative potential of a community.

Horowitz is a "projectician" – a co-creator of sector-blurring, border-crossing projects rooted in storytelling, cultural exchange, and social change. He was co-executive director of Bowery Arts + Science – which programs the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City – and has worked with numerous organizations at the intersection of arts, education, and social change, including the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, Ashoka, and The Future Project, where he was a founding team member. As a performer, musician, and researcher of intercultural exchange, he has worked with ensembles in Europe and in South America, presenting original work in forests, churches, public plazas, and living rooms, as well as traditional theaters. He is an Artist in Residence at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at New York University and holds a B.A. from Yale University. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Colombia, where he wrote about performance and politics for Theater magazine, devised original theater pieces with teens, and printed out hundreds of posters for an imagined entity known as the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture.

The workshop is co-sponsored by Fredonia’s Visual Arts and New Media Department, Enactus, and O.R.E. (Opportunities, Resources, Empowerment), a project of Fredonia's Enactus student group advised by Dr. Susan McNamara of the School of Business.

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