47th Annual Conference | April 19 – 22, 2017 | Minneapolis, MN USA | Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel | #UAA2017 | urbanaffairsassociation.org | urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/

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Friday, April 21 • 2:05pm - 3:30pm
FR2.05.10 Reclaiming Creativity: Tactics of Agency in the Urban Economy

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Within much of urban policy, creativity has been valued narrowly as instrumental mode of economic development and a basis for interurban competition. This session, instead, looks to reclaim creativity as a mode of agency for those that the creative discourse and policy have marginalized. Creativity is more than an economic development buzzword; it is a set of generative and sometimes improvisatory practices that people undertake in the name of economic survival. It is a skill a variety of actors employ, and the session seeks to explore the praxis of creativity in the city as these participants understand it. Using an actor-centered approach, the panel discussion will focus on economic subjectivity in the city, asking how marginalized groups of people navigate the city and exert control over institutions that shape their lives and communities. We ask how people are validated, how they are marginalized, and how they take matters into their own hands to reinscribe their economic identity on their own terms. Examples may include artists, queer communities, street vendors, and so on. We prioritize submissions grounded in story, empirical participant driven data, and research as praxis.

From Creative Economy to Artistic Agency: The Role of the Artists in Urban Change
Benjamin Teresa, Virginia Commonwealth University; Andrew Zitcer, Drexel University

Creative Placemaking on Contested Terrain
Andrew Zitcer, Drexel University

Can ‘Thoughtful Development’ Maintain Artists and Residential Diversity in Arts Districts?
Meghan Ashlin Rich, University of Scranton

Can the marginalized use an inclusive discourse for their own purposes? Impressions from "Creative" Jerusalem
Noga Keidar, University of Toronto

Defending Place in Creative Placemaking
Gordon Douglas, New York University


Gordon Douglas

New York University
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Noga Keidar

University of Toronto
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Meghan Ashlin Rich

Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Scranton
My research involves studying race, class, and social change in urban neighborhoods. I am particularly interested in how cities use arts and culture-based strategies to renew blighted areas. My ethnographic studies of neighborhoods in Scranton and Baltimore have been published in... Read More →
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Andrew Zitcer, Drexel University

Assistant Teaching Professor, Drexel University
Andrew Zitcer has been part of the Philadelphia arts and culture community since helping to found the Rotunda in the late 1990s. The Rotunda is a community-gathering place fueled by the belief that art is a catalyst for social change and that the arts can lead to the formation of... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 2:05pm - 3:30pm
Lakeshore C (1st Floor)