What is ABRS@BOLZ?
This year's #ABRS@BOLZ topic revisits our 2016 Symposium research question, centered around the identification and articulation of teaching, study, and practice of Creative Placemaking in America’s institutions of Higher Education. In preparation for this year’s symposium, the Bolz Center, in collaboration with a2ru and Blackbaud™, created and launched The HUB for Creative Placemaking in Higher Education, a resource site aimed at academics who are interested in finding cases, toolkits, and funding resources to launch or perpetuate their own work.
The #ABRS@BOLZ gathering will again focus on a convening of academics, students, and community leaders to discuss the interdisciplinary nature of Creative Placemaking with regard to the future scholarship and research that should be nurtured and promoted within higher education, while simultaneously finding ways to practice collaboratively across sectors, alongside the communities we serve. Funding programs and consortiums such as the NEA Our Town grant and ArtPlace America continue to propel the work of artists and their communities into a national spotlight.
But with the eventual sunsetting of ArtPlace America in 2020 and the relative unpredictability of other funding programs, our 2018 symposium builds upon the last two years of partner convenings on Creative Placemaking by re-engaging with the questions below.