Beyond the white box : creating innovative art spaces that transform people and places
Author(s)Chan, Julie, M.C.P. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Creating innovative art spaces that transform people and places
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning.
James M. Buckley.
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In the past few decades, arts organizations have played an increasingly significant role in the development of vibrant spaces that improve the livelihoods of people and transform the quality of the urban environment. Innovative art spaces - ones that devise new methods of approaching the creation of space using familiar elements - are gaining attention because of their ability to navigate the challenges of developing affordable and usable art space. These new models of art space, whether they are repurposed storefronts or sustainable buildings, have far-reaching effects on the physical, social, and economic fabric of their surrounding communities. This thesis examines four innovative art spaces in New York City, Boston, and the greater Los Angeles area. Each case study features unique approaches to space, programming, community engagement, cross-sector partnerships, funding, and sustainability. My focus is on the following questions: (1) What are the factors that make an art space innovative and transformative? (2) What are the successes and challenges in the development of these art spaces? (3) How can cities cultivate these types of art spaces? Through site visits, interviews with organizational leaders, funders, and other stakeholders, and research with secondary sources, I explore these questions and identify major themes that add to our understanding of how successful and innovative art spaces are conceived. This thesis offers recommendations for city planners, policymakers, arts organizations, and artist entrepreneurs on how to approach the development of art space, including adapting successful elements of these models in their own contexts.
Thesis (M.C.P.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning, 2011.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (p. 186-194).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Urban Studies and Planning.