a2ru National Conference: Arts in the Public Sphere: Civility, Advocacy & Engagement

Artist Talk, Conference, Conversation, Symposium

a2ru National Conference: Arts in the Public Sphere: Civility, Advocacy & Engagement

Thu, Nov 02, 2017-Sat, Nov 04, 2017 All day event Curry Ballroom
Artist Talk, Conference, Conversation, Symposium Thu, Nov 02, 2017-Sat, Nov 04, 2017
All day event Curry Ballroom

Northeastern’s College of Arts, Media and Design is honored to have been selected the host of the national gathering of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru). The 2017 conference, Arts in the Public Sphere: Civility, Advocacy, and Engagement will use the city of Boston as a starting point for discussion and engagement. As a 21st century global city, Boston embodies many of the issues that drive diverse contemporary cultural contexts. It supports a rich and continually evolving sense of civic realms, and is home to leading arts, educational, medical, industrial, and corporate entities invested in innovative modes of research, practice, and civic participation. There is also clear recognition that the ‘public sphere’ is not confined to large metropolitan regions. Creating dynamic communities that engage and extend beyond traditional boundaries – in both virtual and material ways – remains a growing challenge and the work before us.

Keynote speakers include:
Jamie Bennett, Executive Director, ArtPlace America
Maria Rosario Jackson, Senior Advisor to the Arts and Culture Program, The Kresge Foundation
Jason Schupbach, Director, NEA Design and Creative Placemaking, Incoming Director of the Design School, Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

a2ru is a member organization that advances the full range of arts-integrative research, curricula, programs, and creative practice to acknowledge, articulate, and expand the vital role of higher education in our global society. a2ru envisions a world in which universities – students, faculty, and leaders – acknowledge, deeply embed, and seamlessly integrate the arts in the pursuit of basic knowledge and in everyday practice. As an organization, a2ru values the arts as core to higher education, deep disciplinary knowledge and applied research in the arts, interdisciplinary creativity, durable collaboration, diverse community, and the research university as a driver toward a better world. For the complete list of Universities members of the a2ru network.

Location

Curry Ballroom

360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Jamie Bennett

Executive Director, ArtPlace America

Jamie Bennett has been the Executive Director of ArtPlace America since January 2014. Previously, Jamie served as Chief of Staff at the National Endowment for the Arts and Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.  He has also provided strategic counsel at the Agnes Gund Foundation; served as chief of staff to the President of Columbia University; and worked in fundraising at The Museum of Modern Art, the New York Philharmonic, and Columbia College.  His past nonprofit affiliations have included the Board of Directors of Art21 and the HERE Arts Center; the Foot-in-the-Door Committee of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation; and Studio in a School’s Associates Committee.  Jamie received his B.A. from Columbia College in New York City.

Maria Rosario Jackson

Senior Advisor to the Arts and Culture Program, The Kresge Foundation

Maria Rosario Jackson is senior advisor to the Arts and Culture Program at The Kresge Foundation and adjunct faculty at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, Calif.

In 2013, President Obama appointed Maria to the National Council on the Arts. She serves on the advisory board of the Lambent Foundation and on boards of directors of the National Performance Network and the Alliance for California Traditional Arts.

At Kresge, Maria is an independent consultant. She began working with the Arts and Culture Program team in 2012 as it developed a creative placemaking strategy.

She was previously on the boards of Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Cultural Alliance for Greater Washington and Fund for Folk Culture. She also has served on research and project advisory bodies on measuring arts participation, museums in communities, arts institutions and shifting demographics, arts and health outcomes and economic and social impacts of the arts.

Maria is the former director of the Culture, Creativity and Communities Program at the Urban Institute, where she was based for 18 years. There, she led research on arts and culture indicators, measuring cultural vitality, arts and culture in comprehensive community revitalization, development of art spaces, and support systems for artists. Additionally, she participated in projects about public housing, public education, public safety and parks.

Her work appears in a wide range of professional and academic publications and she has been a speaker at numerous national and international conferences. Maria earned a doctorate in urban planning from UCLA and a master’s degree in public administration from University of Southern California.

Jason Schupbach

Director of the Design School, Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Jason Schupbach became director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts in May 2010.  In this position, he manages the NEA’s grantmaking for design and the NEA’s design initiatives, such as the Mayors’ Institute on City Design as well Our Town, which provides funding in recognition of the role that the arts can play in economic revitalization and in creating livable, sustainable communities.

Prior to coming to the NEA, Schupbach held the first-in-the-nation position of creative economy industry director for the Massachusetts Office of Business Development where his accomplishments included coordinating the growth of new industry cluster groups, such as the Design Industry Group of Massachusetts (DIGMA), and launching a Design Excellence initiative, an effort to improve procurement processes in Massachusetts in order to build more sustainable and longer-lasting buildings and communities, and increase the number of designers being offered contracts.

From 2004 to 2008, Schupbach was director of ArtistLink, where among other duties he managed a statewide artist space development technical assistance initiative that resulted in the creation of more than 60 projects in 20 communities for a total of 350 units of live/work spaces and more than 500,000 square feet of artist space. In addition, he managed the first ever artist housing predevelopment grant program, giving out $50,000 in awards.

Schupbach’s experience also includes serving as National Artist Space Initiative Consultant for Leveraging Investments in Creativity from 2003 to 2007, where he was the key editor for two reports from the Urban Institute on developing artist space. From 2003 to 2004, Schupbach worked as capital projects manager and staff urban planner/designer for New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs. In this position, his accomplishments included managing more than $100 million in capital projects for cultural institutions in coordination with other New York City agencies and assisting in the development of guidelines to involve artists in streetscape design and planning processes in New York City.

Schupbach received his BS in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his master’s degree in city planning with an urban design certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.