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Thursday, October 23 • 10:25am - 10:55am
The Role of Artists in Creating Whole Communities

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One of the hallmarks of successful cities is a dynamic creative sector that contributes to the vibrancy of neighborhoods, and to the life of the city as a whole.  How do artists—as designers, as activists, as provocateurs, as bridge-builders—connect disparate parts of the city and different communities to one another?

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Kitty Hawks

Founder, Kitty Hawks Interior Design
Kitty Hawks is an interior designer and founder of her own design firm. Her clients have included Agnes Gund, Michael Ovitz, Mike Nichols and Diane Sawyer, and Tom and Meredith Brokaw. Her work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Town & Country, Elle Decor and “O” Magazine, among others. An energetic advocate for improving New York’s built environment, she has been involved in issues ranging from sustainability to the... Read More →

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Zita Cobb

President, Shorefast Foundation
Zita Cobb is most recognized for her work with the founders of JDS Fitel (subsequently JDS Uniphase) building the company into one of the most successful high-tech innovators in history. Work brought opportunity for travel where Zita saw first-hand that rural places around the world were in great peril. With this in mind Zita co-founded Shorefast Foundation. As President of Shorefast, Zita has overseen the development of Fogo Island Inn and the... Read More →
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Christy MacLear

(Moderator) Executive Director, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Christy MacLear is the Executive Director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.  The Foundation oversees the artwork Bob Rauschenberg, manages a philanthropic program based on his interests, and has recently opened an artist residency on his compound in Captiva Florida. Her career has been defined by starting up projects or institutions which intersect business strategy with culture in the areas of architecture, design and art.  She... Read More →
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Margery Arent Safir

Founder and Executive/Artistic Director, The Arts Arena and The Arts Arena International Inc. Professor of Comparative Literature Emerita, The American University
Margery Arent Safir is Professor  Emerita of Comparative Literature at The American University of Paris and was a member of the research group CRICCAL at the Sorbonne-Nouvelle.  She is the author, co-author, and general editor of works on the leading figures of contemporary Latin American literature, including Earth Tones: The Poetry of Pablo Neruda, with Manuel Durán.  She has also collaborated with distinguished scientists... Read More →
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Elizabeth Streb

Artistic Director, STREB Lab for Action Mechanics
Elizabeth Streb was born in 1950 and has been testing the potential of the human body ever since. The preeminent Extreme Action Architect, Streb is "a rascal", "a genius" and dance's answer to punk rock. She founded her company in 1985 and became a MacArthur Foundation fellow in 1997. In 2003 she founded the STREB Lab for Action Mechanics (SLAM) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She also wrote the book STREB: How to Become an Extreme Action Hero... Read More →
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Dustin Yellin

Founder & Director, Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation
Born in California in 1975 and raised in Colorado, Dustin Yellin is a contemporary artist and the founder of Pioneer Works, Center for Art + Innovation, a 27,000 square foot iron works building converted into a not-for-profit multidisciplinary space. This past summer, Yellin received the first ever Nelson Mandela Award, presented by the PTTOW and Nelson Mandela Foundation. The Triptych, Yellin's 12-ton sculpture, was recently shown at the... Read More →

Thursday October 23, 2014 10:25am - 10:55am
The TimesCenter 242 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036