May 4, 2002 - 9:00am to 5:30pm
School of Social Service Administration
969 East 60th Street, Chicago, Illinois
Co-sponsored by the Cultural Policy Center at the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies and the School of Social Service Administration, the University of Chicago
Community development and social service initiatives often include arts programs, but how exactly do they complement community development efforts? What is community development seen from the perspective of the arts? Funding of the arts and culture is often tied to evaluations of positive impact, however informal. How can we best determine and enhance the impact of arts programs on various communities?
This conference gathers researchers and practitioner to discuss models, best pracdtices, and research agendas for integrating the arts into community development.
See the University of Chicago Chronicle article about the event.
I. 9:00 - 9:15 A.M.: WELCOMING REMARKS
II. 9:15 - 10:45 A.M.: THE SOCIAL IMPACT OF THE ARTS
The University of Pennsylvania Social Impact of the Arts project has closely tracked the effect of various arts and culture programs on Philadelphia communities. This panel will present an overview of their work and how it can provide models and questions for research and practice in Chicago.
Moderator: Mark Schuster, Visiting Professor of Cultural Policy, University of Chicago Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies
- Mark Stern, University of Pennsylvania Social Impact of the Arts Project
- Philip Nyden, Loyola University Center for Urban Research and Learning
III. 11:00 - 12:30 P.M.: ARTS-BASED YOUTH PROGRAMS IN CHICAGO
Youth programs are a central component of community development, and arts programs are a frequent ingredient in the mix. What roles do the arts play in youth programs? What are the most sensible goals for arts programs -- Leadership? Literacy? Engaging troubled youth? What research is needed today?
Moderator: Jonathan Katz, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
- Joan Costello, Chapin Hall
- David Schein, Free Street Programs
- Maureen Coleman, Chicago Youth Centers
12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Lunch with break-out groups (lunch will be provided for conference registrants)
Tentative breakout session topics:
- City Park Districts and arts programs in the community
- Empowerment zones & cultural development
- Chicago’s “Arts and the Civic Agenda” Initiative
- Service learning through the arts
- Community activism through the arts
- Culture and development in Woodlawn
- Museums and community development
- Cultural tourism and neighborhood revitalization
- How does cultural policy research inform practice?
IV. 2:00 - 3:30 P.M.: ARTS AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN CHICAGO
Pilsen, North Lawndale, Wicker Park, Logan Square, Kenwood, Block 37 -- Chicago is a city of neighborhoods and of arts programs that form integral parts of communities. Panelists will discuss the dynamics of the arts, culture, and community in Chicago and how different policies and practices affect it.
Moderator: Bill Sites, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
- Juana Guzman, VP, Mexican Fine Arts Museum Center
- Monica Haslip, Director, Little Black Pearl Workshop
- Alaka Wali & Elena Marcheschi, Chicago Center for Arts Policy