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November 1-4, 2017 

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Co-Hosts include Boston University,

Massachusetts Institute of Technology,

and Tufts University

Fostering and Championing the Arts in Higher Education

Lectures. Networking. Workshops.

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200

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OVER 100 SPEAKERS
OVER 200
THOUGHT LEADERS AND PARTICIPATING PRACTITIONERS
REPRESENTING 
MORE THAN 50 ORGANIZATIONS AROUND THE WORLD

CONFERENCE

The 2017 theme, Arts in the Public Sphere: Civility, Advocacy, and Engagement, will use the city of Boston as a starting point for discussion and engagement surrounding creative placemaking. 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.

 

What is Creative Placemaking?

Throughout history, artists, musicians, and designers have been catalysts for civic engagement and social change. Creative placemaking brings the cultural sector into strategic collaboration with sectors more traditionally engaged in urban planning and development, such as transportation and housing. It is a strategic effort by governmental, commercial, nonprofit, civic, and philanthropic stakeholders to position the cultural sector as a crucial component of holistic, place-based planning in the United States. This holistic planning is intended to result in more equitable policy decisions and improved general well-being of all residents. 

For a draft agenda and session descriptions, visit the Agenda page.

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Bios for keynote and plenary speakers can be found HERE.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Hotel

A limited block of rooms has been reserved for October 31 - November 4, 2017. The special room rate ($259/night) will be available through October 2 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

Click HERE for a list of alternate hotels.

Hilton Boston Back Bay

40 Dalton Street

Boston, MA 02115

617.236.1100