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Creative Communities

On January 11th at the annual conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Nancy Cantor, Chancellor of Syracuse University, gave a fantastic speech about how presenters, universities, and communities can work together to achieve a higher purpose of creativity. Her remarks punctuated a gathering of grantees and other presenters who are involved in the Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and administered by Arts Presenters. WolfBrown is evaluating the initiative. Cantor sees new possibilities for interconnecting people, programs, ideas, and spaces through the arts. I was particularly interested to hear of the giant outdoor video screen that has been installed on the exterior of an old furniture warehouse in Syracuse, which will be illuminated from nightfall to 11:00 p.m. every night of the year to showcase videos made by artists, students, and community members. The overarching idea is a radical redefinition of the role of the arts presenter, from a booker of touring artists and attractions to a catalyst for creative development.

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