August 18, 2022

Certificate in Arts and Policy / Gran Asunción

With the aim of building a shared framework for collaboration among leaders of municipal governments to take advantage of the renewable resource of participatory arts,  “Innovation in Public Policies” was held from August 2 – 13 in Paraguay.


How Creativity Works in the Brain

What is the anatomy of an “aha” moment? How and why did we evolve to have such experiences? Can we prime ourselves to have them more often? Why should we care? These and similar questions were the recent focus of a cross-cutting investigation by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with the Santa Fe Institute (SFI).


Mafia Memorials and Messages

As a part of public art program Spazi Capaci in Palermo, Sicily, featured art displays are applied to convey messages and memorials as social weapons against the Mafia. While controversies surrounding its suitability with surrounding city culture arose, the pieces’ power to invigorate critical artistic and historical discussion prevailed.


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
Cases for Culture Conference | Renaissance Now

December 2-3, 2022 // DRCLAS

Art as Opportunity and Obligation | Doris Sommer

Trolley Time at the U.S.-Mexico Border |

Nail Transphobia | Charlie Craggs

"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