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Contested City: Art, Planning, and Community Power

  • The Graduate Center, CUNY/Martin E. Segal Theatre 365 5th Avenue New York, NY, 10016 United States (map)

Join us for an evening exploring how public art and public history can come together to create places for dialogue in support of activism in the contested city. A diverse panel of community activists, arts practitioners, and scholars, including Kemi Ilesanmi (Executive Director of The Laundromat Project), Prithi Kanakamedala (Bronx Community College), and Gregory Jost (Director of Organizing at Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association) will respond to Contested City: Art & Public History as Mediation at New York's Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, a new book by Gabrielle Bendiner-VianiContested City simultaneously reveals untold stories of fifty years of community activism in Manhattan's Lower East Side around the highly contested Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA)—and sheds light on the importance of collaborative creative public projects in this complex place.