Creative Power

platform for sustainability in the creative ecology

In January 2020, L’AiR Arts hosted a residency for artists and cultural professionals as an opportunity to mark the 100th anniversary of the prolific period of intercultural artistic exchange during the 1920s in Paris, France.

The L’AiR Arts Multidisciplinary Residency: Revisiting the Roaring Twenties: Art, Culture and the École de Paris Les Années Folles 1920 / 2020, brought together eleven artists from diverse artistic practices, and eight cultural professionals, arts administrators, academics, and consultants, to engage in a series of open and inclusive cultural events, including open studios, workshops, talks, and showcases – Paris-based artists and cultural administrators, in addition to the curiosity and solidarity of the international arts community.

This publication, a gathering of essays presented during the Residency, form a platform for discussion about the role of artist, administrator, and advocate and exploring the ideas of sustainability – of the cultural sector, of organizations, and of practice. All of these elements contribute to a greater ‘creative ecology’, a living, breathing thing, which is made up of many parts working together to be viable.

A creative ecology is “a living, balanced environment, [which] expresses how nothing happens within [the] system without its impact being felt widely.” It is the interwoven aspects of our work, of the connections we make as artists and practitioners, and as human beings engaged in creativity whether it be through expression or appreciation.

Essays by collaborating participants are available in English below, or download the full document [available in three languages]:
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Lia Arenas

Art and Creation in the Politics of Fear

On October 18th 2019, time stopped for the people of Chile. Suddenly -but wanted for many years- a social movement arose saying NO to the Chilean neoliberal system of Pinochet’s dictatorship, the CIA, the Chicago Boys and Jaime Guzmán. The 30 years of “democracy” since 1989, didn’t appear as such… especially today.

United States

Karina Muñiz-Pagán

The Narrative Power of Place – Paris at the Intersections – 1920s/2020s

I arrived at the L’AiR Arts residency with the goal of researching and writing about the narrative power of place: of Paris then and now. As a writer, urbanist, and community organizer, I wanted to explore the geohistory of Paris in the 1920s, how artists shaped the city and how the creative power of place influenced art and culture on a global scale.


Deanna Galati

Creative Hubs in Suburban Communities

Often when I travel, meet new people, or converse with friends, I refer to Toronto as my home. In reality, I have never had a Toronto address in my life. My impetus for focusing the duration of my residency with L’AiR Arts on the importance of cultural hubs in suburban communities was my way of reclaiming where I come from and better understanding the importance of a creative identity.

United Kingdom

Zsuzsi Page

Engaging Multicultural Communities through International Programming

2014 was a time of substantial economic growth in Reading, (the UK’s largest town) however, the town’s gap in cultural offering was obvious. Whilst there was a very rich undercurrent of cultural activity, a melting pot of diverse communities and an enthusiastic audience that had not yet been activated, this would not have been immediately obvious to the outside world.


Crystal Willie and Alexandra Hatcher

Agile and Sustainable Organizations in Changing Times

Agile and sustainable organizations are built to be responsive and reflective of their communities and doing so takes intentionality and purpose in how they are organized, managed and lead. Many cultural organizations are in a place in their organizational history where they need to redefine how they work and what they do in order to stay relevant and viable.

Creative Power: The Role of the Arts in Recovery