Urban Cultural Projects: Research, Practice, Policy

On June 1-2, 2015, Cultural Policy Center staff and advisory committee members gathered at the University of Chicago's Center in Paris for two days of presentations and discussions with European colleagues about urban cultural projects—variously identified as “creative placemaking,” “urban regeneration,” or “culture-led development.”
The terms may be different, but collectively they refer to the broad range of artistic and cultural projects and activities that are being strategically cultivated in local neighborhoods, towns, cities, and regions to spur economic, social, and community development and to animate social spaces with a distinctive sense of place and cultural vitality.
Read the summary report, and browse our graphic event summary, which captured and mapped the convening's key issues.



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Robert Albro  Research Associate Professor, Center for Latin American & Latino Studies, American University 
Jamie Bennett  Executive Director, ArtPlace America 
Terry Nichols Clark  Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago
Robert Chaskin  Associate Professor and Deputy Dean for Strategic Initiatives, School of Social Service Administration, and Faculty Director, Urban Network, University of Chicago 
Betty Farrell  Executive Director, Cultural Policy Center, and Senior Lecturer, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago 
Laurent Fleury Professeur des Universités (1st class), Paris Diderot University / Sorbonne Paris Cité  
Beatriz Garcia  Head of Research, Institute of Cultural Capital, University of Liverpool 
Yuhhishthir Raj Isar Professor of Cultural Policy Studies,  American University of Paris; Adjunct Professor, Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney 
Jenny Johannisson  Associate Professor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, University of Borås, Sweden 
Kate Lorenz  Executive Director, Hyde Park Art Center 
Boris Meggiorin  Head of International Development, SAMOA, the redevelopment agency of the Island of Nantes, France
Jennifer Novak-Leonard  Research Manager, Cultural Policy Center, University of Chicago
Michelle Olson  Consultant, Cultural Policy Center, University of Chicago
Davide Ponzini  Associate Professor of Urban Planning, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, Politecnico di Milano                     
Marcin Poprawski  Assistant Professor, Institute of Cultural Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland; and co-founder, ROK AMU Culture Observatory research center 
Gwendolyn Rugg  Program Coordinator, Cultural Policy Center, University of Chicago 
Pier Luigi Sacco  Professor of Cultural Economics, IULM University, Milan
Stephen Sawyer  Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History, American University of Paris
Milena Dragićević Šešić  Professor of Cultural Management and Cultural Policy, University of Arts, Belgrade 
Daniel Silver  Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto