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Embedded, Embedding: Artist Residencies, Urban Placemaking and Social Practice

Friday, February 10, 2017 at 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, Room I-202, New York, NY 10011

Embedded, Embedding:
Artist Residencies, Urban Placemaking and Social Practice


Jane Philbrick “The Expanded Field: Mural,” Mass MoCA Rt 2 underpass, 2011

Please join us next Friday, February 10th, for our upcoming symposium Embedding, Embedded: Artist Residencies, Urban Placemaking and Social Practice.

The event is free and open to the public, but please be sure to register in advance. Complete program details and schedule are listed below, including a special lunch intervention by artist Ruth Borgenicht


Friday, February 10, 2017

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall
The New School/Parsons
55 West 13th Street, Room I-202, New York, NY 10011

The conference is sold out, but we are holding seats for TNS student, staff and faculty separate to the general RSVP. 

Please email a seat request to


Full schedule & programs details

9:00-9:30 – Coffee, Registration

9:30-9:40 – Welcome Notes
Nathalie Angles, Director, Residency Unlimited and Simone Douglas, Associate Professor, Director MFA Fine Arts, Parsons School of Design, The New School

9:40-10:00 – Introduction, Embedded, Embedding.
Livia Alexander, Symposium Curator, Assistant Professor and Chair, Department of Art and Design, Montclair State University

10:00-11:30 – PANEL – The Artist Residency as a Site of New Modeling
The growth of socially engaged practices, creative placemaking and the changing technologies of art production and dissemination are indicative of important cultural shifts in the perceived cultural capital of the arts. Whether immersed in a public sector, in a commercial or corporate context, or engaged in community related work, new residency programs at business or government settings place artists in the midst of daily praxis, while positioning art and art practice at the forefront of innovation, economic development and entrepreneurship. In this panel, we seek to ask what are the potential opportunities that these new models offer in supporting and nurturing the arts and artists? What are the major social, economic and other non-artistic benefits that artists can bring to their collaborators and hosts? What are the risks of instrumentalizing the arts or over commodifying and homogenizing of the arts? What is the impact of artists’ participation in these new models on what can be defined as “art”?

10:00 – Julia Kaganskiy, NEW INC.

10:20 – Micaela Martegani, More Art

10:40 – Theo Edmonds, IDEAS xLab, Louisville KY | New York, NY

11:00 – Panel discussion and Q & A, moderated by Ben Davis (Artnet)

11:25-11:40 Coffee Break

11:40-12:10 SPOTLIGHT – The Embedded Artist? Jane Philbrick



Eating and Abetting: A Communal Lunch by artist Ruth Borgenicht, in collaboration with Domestic Performance Agency.

Share Fare

“Share Fare: An Experiment in Communal Eating”, A Collaboration With a Chef and Mixed Media Tools, 2016.

A fun interactive meal serving up homemade vegetarian fare in unconventional eating vessels that encourage group orchestration. Lunching becomes a communally interdependent eating event.

Lunch is a ticketed event, Seating is limited.
$15 per person




1:30-2:00 EXCHANGE – The Perils and Opportunities of Art and Urban Development
While urban placemaking aspires to generate “vibrancy” in the community through art initiatives and residencies, in the end, who are these programs really benefiting? Funders, board members, bureau-planners, and politicians are drawn to the potential of the arts as a means to create safer communities with better public education, and increased economic growth. But, is this just the cultural façade of gentrification? Are there ways for artists and art programs to build the communities, and wealth, for the people already living in them? How do we address the disparities in race and class through art and programming? What do more symbiotic models look like?

Artist Jaret Vadera in conversation with Gia Hamilton, Joan Mitchell Center Director, Founder of Gris Gris Lab, Independent Curator and Organizer

2:00-2:20 – SPOTLIGHT Entrepreneurship
Maureen Chung and Laura Schwamb, Proejct61

2:20-2:40 – SPOTLIGHT The Public Sector
Tom Finkelpearl – Commissioner, Department of Cultural Affairs
Shirley Levy, Chief of Staff, Department of Cultural Affairs
Diya Vij, Special Projects Manager, Department of Cultural Affairs

2:40-3:00 – SPOTLIGHT Panel discussion and Q & A,
moderated by Sara Reisman, Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation

3:00-3:45 – ARTIST ROUNDATBLE – Sustaining the Creative Practice
Our sessions thus far have focused on trends in the arts and the role of developing mutually beneficial collaborative institutional infrastructure between the non-profit, governmental, business and creative sectors, In this session, we want to give the floor to artists and curators to set the agenda for next steps. What are the challenges of aligning the ethics of creative practice and the interests of private and public support structures? How can such models, ultimately, allow artists to maintain sustainable and rewarding art practice? How can the recent shift in arts residency models be used to generate new support structures for artists working in non-traditional ways? How can these models support fair pay as well as equity among diverse communities of artists?

Moderator: Sheetal Prajapati
• Tania Bruguera
• Regine Basha 
• Bill Powhida
• Steffani Jemison
• Francesca Fiore

3:45-4:30 – CLOSING SESSION AND OPEN DISCUSSION – The Impact of Funding on Artist Residencies and What’s Next?
Closing remarks and public discussion led by Sarah Calderon, Artplace America

See full speaker bios here


This program is made possible with generous support from Humanities New YorkArtPlace America,MFA Parsons Fine Arts / The New School, and The Department of Art & Design Montclair State University.




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