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Do artists & designers contribute to gentrification? What can we do about it? [debate]
July 19, 2013 6:30 pm
July 19, 2013 8:30 pm
Spontaneous Interventions
July 8, 2013
Arts Incubator in Washington Park
301 E. Garfield Boulevard, Chicago, IL, 60637, United States

While all of the projects featured in Spontaneous Interventions are aimed at improving the quality of life in American cities, the question remains: improvement for whom?  If some well-intended “improvements” add to gentrification, is the answer to leave underserved neighborhoods alone? Or is there alternative, a way to create a better neighborhood for the same neighbors? , In this debate-style conversation, Steve Rasmussen Cancian of Shared Spaces in Los Angeles brings his experience working with low-income neighborhoods to improve their surroundings without displacing residents into a live forum. Washington Park residents, stakeholders and all interested urbanists will debate the roles, responsibilities and impacts of artists and designers working in under-served neighborhoods; then together, they will consider how the Arts Incubator can bring art and design to the neighborhood without catalyzing gentrification

Participants: Steve Rasmusen Cancian (Shared Spaces), Cauleen Smith (artist), and others to be announced