Announcing a Presentation by Cheryl Hughes on Local Government Support of the Arts
FREE and Open to the Public ~ The City of Albuquerque Public Art Urban Enhancement Program and the Downtown Arts & Cultural District Committee are please to announce special guest lecturer Cheryl Hughes who will present a program entitled “A Study of Local Arts Agencies: A Case for Local Government Support of the Arts” at the historic KiMo Theatre on Wednesday, October 27 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Cheryl Hughes, Loeb Fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and Masters of Arts Program in the Social Sciences Graduate, University of Chicago, has an established career conceptualizing and leading new public initiatives that have become successful brands and have often been replicated in other cities and institutions. Ms. Hughes, will be presenting the results of a new study that she recently completed taking a much-needed look at the support for arts and culture at the municipal level. Her study examined local arts agencies (LAAs)—the non-profits and government agencies tasked with defining cities’ cultural policies and representing the interests of local arts organizations and artists.
Specifically, her research is a benchmark study of the LAA’s in 60 of the largest cities in the United States. Central to this study is a comparison of the LAAs that are government agencies to the LAAs that are non-profit organizations and to determine which model serves larger cities better.
Ms. Hughes will also present for the first time publicly her findings on the relationship between levels of support for local arts and culture and municipal arts departments and Richard Florida’s original top-rated Creative Cities. In 2002, Albuquerque was Florida’s #1 medium-sized city on his Creativity Index. In 2008 Albuquerque ranked 12th. Ms. Hughes’ presentation will shed light on the role municipal arts and cultural departments play in strategic cultural planning, animating cultural venues through partnerships, enhancing urban spaces with public art, and culturally infused urban design that could help ABQ regain its #1 rating.
Ms. Hughes will also be discussing the models of urban ephemera, including murals and temporary public art, cultural programs, celebrations and festivals and the link between public events and the design and use of public spaces.
The lecture will be followed by an update on the Downtown Arts & Cultural District Cultural Planning process, by A&CD Chair, Dennis Gromelski of Fusion Theatre. All who are involved in creating and supporting the arts in our community will find this a most important program to attend.
The City of Albuquerque’s Public Art Urban Enhancement Program, one of the oldest public art and local granting programs in the country, is a division of the Cultural Services Department. The New Mexico MainStreet’s Arts & Cultural Districts Program is a partnership program of the state’s Economic Development, Cultural Affairs and Tourism Departments. Downtown Albuquerque was designated as the state’s first urban Art & Cultural District in 2009.