The Art of Placemaking Podcast







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Placemaking in Providence

In episode # 4 of The Art of Placemaking Podcast, we speak with Lynne McCormack, Director, Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, City of Providence about two sessions that she will be participating in at The Art of Placemaking Conference on November 7 and 8, 2013. Lynne McCormack serves as the director of Art, Culture + Tourism for the City of Providence, Rhode Island. In her 14-year tenure as a city arts administrator she has moved through the ranks, from production coordinator to a trusted member of the mayor’s cabinet. Since assuming the director position in 2006, Ms. McCormack has successfully transitioned the department from an office of cultural affairs focused on public programming to a community and economic development agency. She forged a series of partnerships that have resulted in a destination branding campaign, a summer workforce development program for youth, citywide arts festivals and increased funding for artists and organizations through CDBG, HUD, transit and city economic development funds. Recognized as a leader in the field of creative economic development, she is regularly invited to speak about the City of Providence’s cultural infrastructure at conferences across the country, regularly participates in Americans for the Arts Local Arts Leadership gatherings, led a session at the 2013ArtPlace meeting in Miami, and has served on the Local Arts Agency panel for the National Endowment for the Arts.  She is a member of the Mayor’s Economic Development Cabinet and serves on the board of the Providence-Warwick Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. Ms. McCormack earned her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Lynne's sessions will be:

  • Panel: What can cities and state governments do to foster creative development?
  • Panel: 20 Years of Creative Placemaking in Providence
Direct download: ep4_Lynne_McCormack_final.mp3
Category:placemaking -- posted at: 11:42pm EDT

In this short podcast we speak with Marshall Sponder about his book, Social Media Analytics: Effective Tools for Building, Interpreting, and Using Metrics (hardcover or Kindle) as well as his Rutger's University online course Social Media for the Arts. Sponder's session at The Art of Placemaking Conference is titled Social Media for the Arts: Measuring the Impact of Art for Community Building and will:

  • Discuss a variety of ways communities can be mapped and measured within social media.
  • Find ways to gauge the impact of Art Based Events both the local community and the world at large (extended community).
  • Discover the wealth of information that exists in the social web and how to leverage it to enhance and amplify Art Events
  • Find new and better ways to merge the “real world/presence” with the “virtual online world / presence”.
Direct download: ep3_Marshall_Sponder_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:33pm EDT

Peter A. Mello speaks with Kip Bergstrom, presenter at The Art of Placemaking Conference, about what's happening in creative placemaking in the State of Connecticut.

Bergstrom is Deputy Commissioner, Department of Economic and Community Development in the State of Connecticut. From the DECD website:

Kip has 30 years of experience as a strategist, business executive, economic development professional and place-maker.  He is a nationally prominent advocate of place-centric economic development.  He has participated in the successful repositioning the City of Stamford, the State of Rhode Island and Connecticut’s largest bank.  His interests, writings and accomplishments span the full spectrum of economic development, including tourism, education and talent, transportation, entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, real estate development, and the interface of the human network and the natural system.

Bergstrom shares a little about Connecticut's CreateHereNowCT (CHN) a pilot program which is developing replicable creative placemaking strategies in over twenty communities around the State which is an ArtPlace America funded initiative.

Bergstrom will be joining a panel "What can cities and state governments do to foster creative development?" with Erin Williams and Lynne McCormack, Director, Department of Art Culture + Tourism, City of Providence, RI.

Direct download: ep2_-_Kip_Bergstrom-final.mp3
Category:placemaking -- posted at: 1:08pm EDT

Peter A. Mello, managing director of WaterFire Providence, organizers of The Art of Placemaking Conference interviews Anne Gadwa Nicodemus of Metris Arts Consulting about her opening keynote for the conference. 

Direct download: placemaking_pcast_Gadwa_ep1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:52pm EDT