City holding a discussion tonight on the community’s role in placemaking and public art
The news on tonight's forum:
The City of Asheville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department will present a panel discussion, "Creative Conversation: The Social Role in Innovative Placemaking & Public Art," on the community’s role in innovative place making at the Dr. Wesley Grant, Sr. Southside Center on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
The discussion will be moderated by Kenn Kotara, an internationally-known local artist, educator, and advocate. Participating as panelists are Jack Becker, Christopher Kennedy, Monica Campara, and Darien Ball.
Jack Becker is the founder and executive director of Forecast Public Art, a 34-year old nonprofit based in Minneapolis/St. Paul. He is the editor of the national art journal Public Art Review and received an Award of Excellence in 2007 from Americans for the Arts for his contribution to the public art field.
Christopher Kennedy is currently the education curator at Elsewhere, a living museum, international residence program, and educational laboratory set within a three-story former thrift store in Greensboro, North Carolina. His previous projects include an intergenerational free school in an abandoned park in North Brooklyn (School of the Future).
Monica Campana is founder and executive director of Living Walls in Atlanta, which seeks to promote, educate, and change perspectives toward public space via street art. The program recently was awarded Best Organization of the Year from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission.
Darien Ball is the designer and creator of the Biltmore Estate’s 6’x30’ horticultural living wall in conjunction with the estate’s recent Tiffany Exhibit. He is with the estate’s conservatory and is well-known in the field of horticulture having been selected to judge the Philadelphia International Flower Show three times.
For more information about this event call the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department at 259-5800.