Arts-Based Community Development Convening
Transforming Post-Industrial Cities through Art and Innovation
April 12 through 14, 2012 - St. Louis

Lyz Crane

New York, New York

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Lyz Crane is currently serving as Communications Associate for ArtHome while pursuing a Master of Public Administration at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service (EGD: May 2012, focus: policy analysis). At NYU, Crane is the Co-Chair of the Student Network Exploring Arts and Culture (SNEAC) and also working to coordinate a series of events through the Office of the President and the Right Honourable Gordon Brown on the subject of the Global Civil Society and the universal moral sense. Previously, Crane served as the Director of Program Development at Partners for Livable Communities, where she provided technical assistance to cities, developed publications, and spoke at conferences nationally and internationally. While there, she also served as the Program Manager of the Shifting Sands Initiative and Douglas Redd Fellowship. Crane graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University with a BA in Urban Studies and Sociology and in 2009 was named a ‘Next American Vanguard’ by urban affairs magazine Next American City.


Transforming Arts Institutions: Community Engagement as the Path to Sustainability

Day 2 / Apr, 13 @ 1:30 pm
1st Floor : Regency Room

The world of established arts organizations is one that has not, in general, been at the forefront of arts-based community development. What community-oriented activity they have undertaken has often been for marketing rather than community purposes. There are signs, however, of change taking place. On the national level, increasing attention is being paid to “community engagement.” While some take this to mean simply a marketing tool in a shiny new package, others are making a deep commitment to partnerships that make their communities better places to live.

This session will present examples from around the country of arts organizations that have undertaken a significant community orientation as well as the circumstances that led them to this path and the results (to date). It will also provide opportunity to discuss what steps are being (and could be) taken to encourage more arts organizations to follow their example.