Artscape Creative Placemaking Webinar: L.A.’s Inner-City Arts - Lessons in community building from the edge of Skid Row

MessageThis Webinar is over
Date Jun 24, 2015
Time 03:00 PM EDT
Cost $30.00

Bob Bates, Co-founder and Artistic Director, Inner-City Arts, Los Angeles

Pru Robey, Vice President and Director, Creative Placemaking Lab, Artscape, Toronto

Live Webinar Description
Inner-City Arts provides elementary, middle and high school students, many living in Los Angeles' underserved neighborhoods, with the tools and creative skills they need to succeed academically and personally. Located east of downtown Los Angeles on the edge of Skid Row, the one-acre campus houses an extensive range of art facilities and is an oasis of creativity and learning in the urban environment. Their unique approach to arts education and creative development brings children, families, adults and educators to Inner-City Arts' award-winning campus to work with professional teaching artists in well-equipped studios and performance spaces.
This live webinar will explore the successful development of Inner-City Arts from its remarkable architecture to filling the campus with diverse and successful programs that meet the City’s needs and contribute to the beauty, safety, well-being, and vibrancy of the entire community.

You Will Learn
  • How the vision for Inner-City Arts’ landmark education campus was developed
  • About the operational model and partnerships that make Inner-City Arts work
  • About award-winning programs that foster creativity and learning in art-risk youth
  • How the facility’s striking architecture is part of the Inner City Arts’ narrative and success
  • Key challenges Inner-City Arts has had to overcome to keep the project going
  • Lessons learned over 20 years in engaging with communities and identifying measurable benefits
About the Speakers
Bob Bates has been a professional artist for thirty years and has taught art throughout the USA, including at the University of Miami. While working with kids on Skid Row in Los Angeles, Bob had a vision: to create an art space where at-risk children could explore their creativity, learn and grow. Joining forces with businessman and entrepreneur Irv Jaeger, Bob realized his vision when Inner-City Arts opened its doors to 60 children in 1989. As Inner-City Arts Artistic Director, Bob still brings vision, passion and dedication to his work and is regularly invited to lead workshops throughout the country and internationally. Bob received a BA from the Kansas City Art Institute and a MFA from the University of Cincinnati. 

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Pru Robey is a passionate advocate for the transformative impact of arts and culture on the lives of individuals and communities. Pru has over 30 years of experience as a consultant, researcher, manager, promoter and funder in the arts, culture and creative industries in Canada and the UK. As Vice President and Creative Placemaking Lab Director at Toronto-based Artscape, Pru takes the lead in new project research and development and on major research initiatives; directs a suite of programs and services designed to build the capacity of communities internationally to undertake creative placemaking; and advises communities internationally on strategies to support city-building through the arts. She designed and teaches Canada’s only undergraduate course in Creative Placemaking for the University of British Columbia and is a member of the Placemaking Leadership Council. 


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