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.
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.
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.
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.