Symposium: Art In Public In Grand Rapids
a symposium with Lambert Zuidervaart
Friday, March 18, 2011 1-4pm

UICA- Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
41 Sheldon Blvd.
Grand Rapids, MI

Admission is Free
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The symposium will focus on the question, “What does art need (conceptually and practically) to serve its public function?”  It will be an opportunity to activate Lambert’s thinking in a discussion that assesses how well art is serving its public role in civil society. Together we can identify the conceptual and practical conditions that are needed. The symposium is organized in two parts: The first part will look at national and historical contexts, and the second part focus on the local Grand Rapids context.

Each part of the symposium will begin with a report presented by students from Civic Studio, followed by a few short position papers. These are short texts that are submitted in advance (see link). The intended audience includes artists, students, faculty, arts administrators, as well as representatives from governmental agencies, philanthropic organizations, and businesspeople interested in the arts.

The symposium is co-sponsored by Civic Studio, the Art and Design Department and School of Communications at GVSU, and UICA.

Central Question:
“What does art need (conceptually and practically) to serve its public function?”

1:00-1:05 Welcome
1:05-1:10 Mayor George Heartwell Introduces Lambert Zuidervaart
1:10-1:30 Lambert shares ideas that frame and shift the issues
1:30- 2:15 NATIONAL condition report and discussion
Condition Report: Evelyn Derico, Discussion Respondent: Anthony Stepter
-What are the relevant theoretical, political, historical, and practical issues when considering the public function of art in a national context?
2:15-2:35 Break
2:35-3:45 LOCAL GRAND RAPIDS Condition Report and discussion
Condition Report: Christie Westmaas, Discussion Respondent: Anna Campbell
-How are we thinking of and representing art in public life in Grand Rapids? What are current and desired practical conditions for the production and presentation of art as an essential aspect of public life?
3:45-4:00 Concluding remarks
4:00 Reception

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