Re-imagining Cities through Arts and Culture
Why are art and culture so necessary for a city? Who should pay for it? How can festivals, carnivals and other cultural projects help transform or re-imagine a city? These were some of the questions discussed in our latest monthly NewCities Summit 2014 Tweet chat.
Our “Re-imagining Cities through Art & Culture” Tweet chat was moderated by NewCities (@newcitiesfound) in partnership with our friends at Global Cultural Districts Network (@GCDNet). We were joined by featured guests from a spectrum of fields, who over the course of one hour explored the impact of art and culture on urban life.
#Tweet chat highlights
Why do we need art and culture in a city? Who should pay for it?
Churchill on closing the National Gallery during WWII, alledgedly asked “then what are we fighting for?”@MaxAndersonUSA
A city without art & culture risks to become a dormitory. Art & culture help people to appropriate of their cities @IcomOfficiel
Art and Culture define a city and its citizenry far beyond entertainment, that’s something we need more people to understand. @SantosTITAS
Art is only medium / industry whose constant questioning of its own definition, boundaries is central not marginal @SlavsandTatars
Maybe art is like education and land. The public should pay for the public; and the private should pay for the private? @sarmoti
How can a cultural district have a positive impact on urban life?
It must be absorbed into every day life – not ghetto-ised @OKellyEmma
Cultural districts can revitalize cities, stimulate economies, and focus civic pride @GDCNet
Research has shown cultural districts will generate >$250Billion in investment over the next decade @DalArtsDistrict
Cultural Districts are gathering places. in a time of cyber coms, we need physical gatherings especially in sharing cultural experts @SantosTITAS
Cultural districts can provide a focus for the continued development of informal spaces where arts can thrive @
Do you have examples on how cultural projects can help re-imagine cities?
Temporary efforts (festivals) = a way for cities to try something on for size in a low-risk way. @mortati
Pop up museums, perhaps? The old exhibit bus trick! @Uptownpaulie
Depending on those events will lead to the personality of the city. Ie: The Annual Key West Art Garden in April to July. @ANMBF2014
Festivals and carnivals can transform the city if they are used to empower people, not just to acritically brand @Agenda21Culture
Thanks to all the participats who joined the discussion. We hope to hear from you again in our next Tweet chat session on June 4, the last one before the NewCities Summit in Dallas.
You can view more highlights of the conversation here on Storify.