Cultural Districts at the New Cities Summit

17 – 19 June 2014, Dallas, Texas

We are pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the first convening of GCDN at the New Cities Summit in Dallas, June 16-19, 2014.

This year’s theme was Re-imagining Cities: Transforming the 21st Century Metropolis and an important element running through the Summit was a discussion of the role of cultural districts in the life of cities around the world.

The Summit attracted a total of 820 participants from 51 countries for its third edition. Many of those participants attended keynotes, plenary and panel sessions hosted by GCDN which examined the growth of districts and their relationships to social and economic development, tourism and education; case studies examining different models; and explored specific topics of interest to those responsible for creating and managing cultural districts.

The New Cities Summit 2014 e-book is available here.

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Arts and Culture at the New Cities Summit

June 17, 2014:
Keynote: Art and the City

Huang Rui, Chinese Contemporary Artist and Founder, Stars Group & 798 Beijing Art District

The video of this keynote can be found here.

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June 17, 2014:
Cultural Capital

What role do art and culture play in our perception of our cities? How are art and culture central pillars in urban transformation? What is the ideal city for the artist? How has the experience of culture changed in the city?

The video of this session can be found here.

Speakers:

Maxwell Anderson, Eugene McDermott Director, Dallas Museum of Art; Co-Chairman, Global Cultural Districts Network
Catherine Cuellar, Executive Director, Dallas Arts District
Michael Eissenhauer, Director-General, National Museums in Berlin
Rip Rapson, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Kresge Foundation
Huang Rui, Chinese Contemporary Artist and Founder, Stars Group & 798 Beijing Art District

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June 18, 1:45pm-2:45pm:
Cultural Districts as Engines of Urban Transformation

Panelists discussed the role of cultural districts in animating urban life, how to maintain these districts as sustainably successful ventures, and reviewed lessons learned from historic, organic cultural districts as new planners take on these projects.

Speakers:

Manal Ataya, Director General, Sharjah Museums Department, Government of Sharjah
Jamie Bennett
, Executive Director, ArtPlace America
Adrian Ellis, Founder, AEA Consulting; Director, Global Cultural Districts Network
Zhiyong Fu, Vice Director, Information Art and Design Department, Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University
Jeffrey Johnson, Founding Director – China Megacities Lab, Columbia University
Co-founding Principal, SLAB

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Cultural District Workshops: June 19

June 19, 2014:
The Governance of Cultural Districts

Whose voices should be at the table and what shape the table should be is a
critical issue in the successful planning and management of cultural districts. This discussion goes to the heart of that issue and explores the respective roles of the community and its political representatives, commercial developers, artists and cultural institutions, business and other stakeholders. It will also explore the range of business models that sustain cultural districts and create the resources to animate and champion the public domain and ensure the sum is greater than the parts.

Moderator:
Russell Willis Taylor, President and CEO, National Arts Strategies

Panelists:
Theresa Cameron, Manager of Local Arts Agency Services at Americans for the Arts (AFTA)
Katie Dixon, Director of Special Projects at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music)
Mark Davy, Founder, Future City

June 19, 2014:
Austin, Texas and South by Southwest: A case study in cultural animation 

South by Southwest (SXSW) began in 1987. Today it is a series of high profile film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that lasts for ten days in March, with a visitorship of nearly 155,000 and an economic impact of some $US 200MM per annum on the local economy. This workshop examines the roots of its success and its wider impact – positive and negative – on the cultural and social ecology of this extraordinary city. The festival will provide the basis for a wider conversation about festivals and others programming strategies in the animation of cities and cultural districts.

Moderator: 
Carroll Joynes, Co-Founder, Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago

Panelists:
Gabrielle Trainor, Chair of the Board of the National Film and Sound Archive, Australia
James Taylor, Red River Cultural District
Brad Spies, Brand Development and Special Projects,SXSW, Inc.; Board Chair, Austin Music Commission

Illustration by Mary Stall. Representing the discussion during the Governance of Cultural Districts Workshop at the New Cities Summit, June 19, 2014.


SPEAKER BIOS

Maxwell Anderson, Eugene McDermott Director, Dallas Museum of Art; Co-Chairman, Global Cultural Districts Network:
Anderson has been the Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art since January 2012. He serves as chairman of the Dallas Arts District, where he oversees the planning and coordination of the organization representing the largest arts district in the United States. He is co-chair of the Global Cultural Districts Network, which seeks to assist leading cultural districts worldwide in planning, developing, operating, and programming.

Manal Ataya, Director General, Sharjah Museums Department, Government of Sharjah
Ataya is the Director-General of the Sharjah Museums Department, which manages 16 museums in the emirate of Sharjah. The Sharjah Museums Department (SMD) was established in 2006 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, and is responsible for the strategic development of future museum projects, fostering partnerships with the international museum community and leading the efforts to deliver best practice in museum services.

Jamie Bennett, Executive Director, ArtPlace America
Bennett has been the Executive Director of ArtPlace America since January 2014. ArtPlace is an organization focused on investing in creative placemaking initiatives throughout communities in the U.S. Prior to his position at Artplace, Bennett was Chief of Staff at the National Endowment for the Arts.

Theresa Cameron, Manager of Local Arts Agency Services at Americans for the Arts (AFTA):
Cameron is the staff liaison for AFTA’s initiatives and resources relating to cultural districts. She is a frequent national presenter on small and rural community arts, local arts development and cultural/arts and entertainment districts. Previously, Cameron was CEO of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County in Maryland for 10 years where she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the county’s nonprofit local arts and humanities agency that included a staff of nine and a budget of more than $4 million.

Catherine Cuellar, Executive Director, Dallas Arts District:
Cuellar is the Executive Director of the 68-acre Dallas Arts District, home to many of the city’s cultural institutions. Previously, she worked as a reported for KERA and was managing editor of PegasusNews.com. She also hosted the literary series “The Writers’ Studio.”

Mark Davy, founder, Futurecity:
Davy founded Futurecity in 2001. Futurecity is the largest public arts agency in the UK, focusing on creating cultural strategies, broker cultural partnerships and deliver major art projects from inception to completion.

Katie Dixon, Director of Special Project, BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music):
Dixon coordinates both capital construction projects and temporary site-based programming in the Brooklyn Cultural District. Dixon has a background in architecture and urban planning and has served in both the public and private sectors managing the funding, design and development of cultural assets in New York City.

Dr. Michael Eissenhauer, Director-General, National Museums in Berlin:
Dr. Eissenhauer has been Director-General of the National Museums in Berlin since 2008, a network comprising 15 collections and four institutes. Eissenhauer previously worked as President of the Deutscher Museumsbund, Director of the Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, and head of the Kunstammlungen der Veste Coburg in Bavaria.

Dr. Zhiyong Fu, Vice Director, Information Art and Design Department, Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University
Dr. Fu is an associate professor and the vice director of Information Art and Design Department, Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He was the Secretary-General of Art branch of Computer Basic Education Steering Committee for Liberal Art, Ministry of Education. His research interests include information and interaction design, service design, social innovation and smart city design research.

Jeffrey Johnson, Founding Director – China Megacities Lab, Columbia University Co-founding Principal, SLAB:
Johnson is an adjunct professor and is the founding director of China Megacities Lab, an experimental research unit at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. His research focuses on the radical transformations of China’s urban landscape. For the past two years, his research has focused on the museumification of China, which takes a critical look at the current museum building boom.

Carroll Joynes, co-founder of the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago:
Joynes recently completed a study of physical infrastructure building in the cultural sector in the US. His current work is on non-profit governance, and particularly on decision-making by volunteer boards. He has been at the University of Chicago since 1994.

Rip Rapson, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Kresge Foundation
Rapson is president and CEO of the Kresge Foundation, a $3 billion private foundation based in Detroit, MI. An attorney and expert in urban policy, Rapson assumed his current position in 2006. Previous to that, Rapson was president of the McKnight Foundation and served as deputy mayor of Minneapolis under Mayor Don Fraser, where he was a primary architect of the pioneering Neighborhood Revitalization program.

Huang Rui, Chinese Contemporary Artist and Founder, Stars Group & 798 Beijing Art District:
Rui is a Chinese artist and considered a founding member of the Chinese Contemporary Art movement. Rui has been instrumental in promoting the 798 Art Zone, the first state-recognized art district in China.

Brad Spies, head of Brand Development and Special Projects at SXSW, Inc.
Spies is also the current board chair of the Austin Music Commission.

James Taylor, general manager and partner of Holy Mountain:
Taylor runs a live music venue and bar in the Red River Cultural District in Austin, Texas. Taylor leads a group representing the District.

Russell Willis Taylor, President and CEO, National Arts Strategies:
Taylor has been President and CEO of National Arts Strategies since January 2001. Taylor has extensive senior experience in strategic business planning, financial analysis and planning, and all areas of operational management and has held a wide range of managerial and Board posts in the commercial and nonprofit sectors.