Transforming Community Development Through Arts & Culture

January 15, 2020


On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, Transforming Community Development Through Arts & Culture explored an evolving era in community development that infuses art and cultural practice.

Attendees learned how artists are working with communities and community development organizations to tackle some of the most pressing and complex issues of our time, and why arts and culture strategies are central to equitable development and racial justice.

Hosted by the New York Fed and the San Francisco Fed, in partnership with ArtPlace America and PolicyLink, the event highlighted stories, ideas, and provocations from the latest Community Development Innovation Review journal, Transforming Community Development Through Arts and Culture.

Free printed copies of the journal were available to attendees while supplies lasted.

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Event Details

Date & Time
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
4:00pm - 7:00pm

Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Museum & Learning Center
33 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10045

This event was open to members of the public.

3:00pm-4:00pm Gold Vault Tours* (By advanced registration only.)

3:30pm-4:00pm Registration

4:00pm-4:10pm Welcome & Opening Remarks

David Erickson, SVP & Head of Outreach & Education, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
4:10pm-4:15pm Placemaking at New York Fed Museum & Learning Center

Jenn Kahn, Senior Associate Director, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
4:15pm-4:25pm Community Development Innovation Review

Lyz Crane, Deputy Director, ArtPlace America
4:25pm-5:25pm Shifting Mindsets: The Role of Arts & Culture in Building Equitable Futures

Moderator: Laura Choi, Community Development Research Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Penelope Douglas, Founding Partner, CultureBank@YBCA
Jamie Gauthier, Member-Elect, Philadelphia City Council, District 3
Maurice Jones, President & CEO, LISC
Rip Rapson, President & CEO, The Kresge Foundation
5:25pm-5:50pm Artist Vignette: Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON)

Nicole Shawan Junior, Artist, NeON Arts Teaching Grant Recipient
Ana M. Bermúdez, Commissioner, NYC Department of Probation
5:50pm-6:50pm Shifting Practice: A NYC Case Study on Integrating Arts & Culture into Community Development

Moderator: Victor Rubin, Senior Fellow, PolicyLink

Colvin W. Grannum, President & CEO, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
Indira Etwaroo, Ph.D., Executive Director, RestorationART and the Billie Holiday Theatre, Vice President, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
Hollis King, Co-Curator and Creative Director, RestorationART
6:50pm-7:00pm Closing Remarks

F. Javier Torres, Program Director of Thriving Cultures, Surdna Foundation
7:00pm-7:45pm Networking Reception
Light refreshments will be served.
Please note that the reception is closed to the press.

*Please be advised that space is limited and members of the public must register in advance. Please note that cameras are not allowed in the Vault. To inquire about press access to the vault, please contact Andrea Priest.

This event was open to the media. All remarks and panels are on-the-record, unless otherwise noted. For more information, please contact Andrea Priest.

Co-sponsors Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
ArtPlace America


This issue of the Community Development Innovation Review explores the power of arts and culture to transform the practice of community development. Published by the San Francisco Fed, in partnership with ArtPlace America and PolicyLink, this issue takes a deep dive into the lessons learned from the Community Development Investments program and offers reflections from industry leaders on the implications for the broader community development field.

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