January 20, 2022


Art as Opportunity and Obligation

The current “United Nations Guidelines on Safer Cities” take a new and welcome peoplecentered approach to improving urban life. Until recently, safety was generally understood as security and pursued in top-down strategies of policing and infrastructure.


National AIDS Memorial Quilt

In the midst of the HIV/AIDS crisis, LGBTQ+ rights activists famously fixed a patchwork of love and honor into an ever-growing


Cultural Agents Inc.

Cultural Agents is a platform for academics, artists, community leaders, and active citizens in general. It is an invitation to revive a long humanistic tradition that combines arts and research in the service of civic development.

A case for culture
Show & Tell
Give & Take
Murals in Mexico City |

With nearly 7,000 new pieces of public art in the past three years, Mexico City artists illuminated an impoverished neighborhoods.

A Colorful Tirana |

Edi Rama, mayor of Tirana, Albania, firmly believed in the power of bold color.

Policy Brief on Culture |

On October 21-23, mayors from around the world, convened by the Global Parliament of Mayors, gathered virtually.

HUMA S131 |

EcoLogicStudio has designed AirBubble, a children's play pavilion that uses algae in solar-powered bioreactors to remove carbon dioxide and pollutants from the air.

"If I had understood what art is and what it does to promote social capital, I would have made different decisions when I was Minister of Development in Paraguay. Policymakers generally have a blindspot when it comes to art as a resource for development."
June, 2021 | Jose Molinas, Director of Instituto Desarrollo, Asunción, Paraguay

"Science and Sociability will be our new course, for Europe's CIVIS consortium, to make good on this opportunity and obligation to engage the arts".
September 19, 2021 | Raquel Galindo, Autonomous University of Madrid, IAP

"Collaboration across arts and sciences is essential for climate justice and equity of resources."
October 22, 2021 | Mayor David Balaba of Iganga, Uganda.

"Art is not an extra…It is a vehicle for change. Looking forward to exploring pathways of collaboration at the community college and public education levels in New Jersey".
October 22, 2021 | Ed Johnson, Executive Director, Governmental Affairs and Community Relations, Brookdale Community College