As municipalities and regions across the country go about the business of addressing complex issues and planning for their futures, arts and culture are being infused into planning and other public processes. This Americans for the Arts webinar, Planning & Persuasion: The Role of the Arts in Shaping Municipal Futures, offered by the Animating Democracy program, explores the capacities of arts and culture to enliven public process, enhance public dialogue and decision-making, and make for more diverse and meaningful public participation. The one-hour webinar presented by a team of artists and planners will help planners and other civic and community leaders understand how arts and culture can shake up and shape new and effective planning processes that are fun and fruitful. Artists and cultural leaders will learn how they can contribute creative assets and be valued important civic partners.
Presenters will explore these and other questions:
- Who and what is driving these arts-infused planning and public processes and what does it looks like?
- How does an artist’s orientation to engaging people in planning differ from a planner’s or government leader’s?
- What are both planners and artists learning in terms of new ways of working and working together that advances their own interests and goals as well as the broader common goals for the region?