Artists and policymakers discuss how city planning inclusive or art can transform cities. Darren Walker, Dennis Scholl, Rocco Landesman, Richard Florida are in conversation. Location: Doerr-Hosier, McNulty Room
Richard Florida is Co-Founder and Editor at Large at The Atlantic Cities. He's also a Senior Editor at The Atlantic, Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, and Global Research Professor at New York University. He is a frequent speaker to communities, business and professional organizations, and founder of the Creative Class Group.
Rocco Landesman is the Former Chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts.
Dennis Scholl is the Vice President of Arts for the Knight Foundation. He oversees the Foundation’s national arts program, including the Knight Arts Challenge and Random Acts of Culture. He is also the founder of a series of initiatives dedicated to building the contemporary art collections of international museums.
Darren Walker is vice president of education, creativity, and free expression at the Ford Foundation. Walker leads one of the foundation’s three major programs, overseeing grantmaking in public education reform, higher education, arts and culture, media, sexuality and reproductive health, and religion. He also supervises the foundation’s offices in the Middle East and Africa. Walker joined the Ford Foundation in 2010 after serving as vice president at the Rockefeller Foundation, where he oversaw a broad range of programs in the US and abroad. Prior to joining Rockefeller in 2002, Walker served as chief operating officer of the Abyssinian Development Corporation, a community organization in Harlem. Walker is a member of the boards of the Arcus Foundation, Friends of the High Line, the New York City Ballet, the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies, and the International Fellows Program. He is co-chair of the New York Public Library Council.
Darren Walker, vice president of education, creativity, and free expression at the Ford Foundation, talks about the state of art funding in the United States. Walker argues that while there are more avenues for funding, the money is going to the wrong places.