Can Artists Drive Growth? In Disadvantaged Neighborhoods? Sometimes

The Midwest Political Science Association held its annual conference in Chicago earlier this month. As he does each year, the University of Chicago Professor Terry Nichols Clark arranged for several of his students to make presentations on their research on the influence of the arts in urban neighborhoods. Four of his students have worked with […]

Arts & Public Life: Theaster Gates

This week, I had the privilege of touring Theaster Gates’ Arts Incubator and Dorchester Projects, and hearing him talk about his extraordinarily multi-faceted art practice. Gates describes himself as “wearing three hats”: • The artist whose practice includes performance, sculpture, installation, and large-scale urban intervention; • The real estate developer who has assembled a portfolio […]