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(From left to right) Melissa Kim, Damon Rich, Li Sumpter, and Thoai Nguyen (courtesy Moore College of Art & Design)

Conversations @ Moore:
Planning for the Future: Place Breaking to Place Keeping
Thursday, April 6, 2017
6:30pm – 8pm

  • Opening presentation by Damon Rich
  • Philadelphia reports from Melissa Kim, Thoai Nguyen, Li Sumpter, Paige Scott-Cooper, and Devonne Miller
  • This event is free, ADA accessible, open to the public and will be live streamed at

For the last decade, powerful institutions of urban planning, philanthropy, and the arts have celebrated the beneficial effects of combining community development and the arts. Advocates of this approach describe it as Creative Placemaking, while critics use competing neologisms like Creative Place-breaking and Creative Displacement to point out hazards ranging from removal of long-term residents to cultural destruction. Against this background, this event examines efforts underway in three Philadelphia neighborhoods to productively combine approaches from art and urban planning to make neighborhoods better. You’ll hear about neighborhood projects sponsored by LISC Philadelphia in Kensington and on Lancaster Avenue, about the North Philly Peace Park, and a process currently underway to rebuild Mifflin Square Park at 6th and Wolf.

Directly preceding this event from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm is the exhibition opening for Park Powers at the Mural Arts Philadelphia gallery located at 1729 Mt Vernon Street in Philadelphia.

This event is presented in collaboration with Social & Studio Practices at Moore, Mural Arts Philadelphia and Next City.

July 21 and 22, 2017

In/Out: A Summer Symposium on Scales, Impact and Inclusion in Socially-Engaged Art
#inoutphilly –

Moore College of Art & Design
20th Street and The Parkway
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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