Actions and Detail Panel
Culture Wars: Art and Gentrification
Sun, 24 July 2016, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
Spirit and Place Festival and Kheprw Institute are partnering to launch Gentrify: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, a series of discussions which will explore the impact and ramifications of gentrification above and beyond displacement.
This discussion we will discuss The Culture Clash and explore deeply into the the aspects of Culture as it plays its parts in Gentrification. Each conversation in the series will feature a panel of local voices and video conferencing in a speaker from another city. This discussion we have Jim Walker, Oasa DuVerney and Wil Marquez.
Jim Walker is executive director of Big Car Collaborative. In 2015, he was lead artist on Spark, a partnership with the City of Indianapolis to reimagine Monument Circle with daily public programming. Jim also leads Big Car’s work utilizing art as a tool to support neighborhoods — primarily south of downtown. Originally from Kokomo but a downtown-area resident since 1994, Jim has worked as a journalist, photographer, teacher, designer, and artist.
Mildred Beltre is an inter-disciplinary artist, mother and community activist living and working in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and she has received a New York Foundation for the Arts grant among other awards. She has taught at many New York City cultural and Arts institutions such as El Museo Del Barrio, Henry Street Settlement and New York City Housing Authority; where she worked ass a teaching artist and then a community coordinator bringing art workshops to community centers in public housing throughout the five boroughs. She is currently an Associate Professor In Art at the University of Vermont.
Oasa DuVerney is a Brooklyn-based mother and artist working across mediums. She has exhibited her work nationally. DuVerney was awarded the 2016 Rush Arts Residency; Smack Mellon Studio Artist Residency (2014-2015) the LMCC Workspace program residency (2012-2013), the Tony Smith Award by Hunter College (2011), a grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council (2011), a grant award from the Citizens Committee For New York City (2010, 2013), and the Aljra Emerge Fellowship by the Aljira Center for Contemporary Art (2007). Publications include The Independent, UK (2016), The Guardian, UK (2015), Hyperallergic (2016), PIX NEWS 11(2016), The New York Times (2012, 2011), and the New York Daily News (2010). She received her B.F.A. from the Fashion Institute of Technology and her M.F.A. from Hunter College.
Wil Marquez’s work uses innovative design principles to probe ideas of public space, architecture, and equity. He is particularly enthusiastic about new ways architects and other design professionals can contribute to meaningful urban environments politically and with purpose. This philosophy is the reason Marquez launched his own office in 2010, after over 12 years in practice.
w/purpose is a creative design studio curious about our built environment and its future. For Marquez, this means neighborhoods and buildings; the experience of our streetscapes; or the spaces where people shop or spend their time. Their “bring people to design” portfolio includes unique public spaces, interiors, architectural installations, exhibits, and is behind some eye catching affordable housing developments.
Marquez has worked, lectured, and taught all over the world, including Abu Dhabi, Buenos Aires, and Chihuahua, Mexico. In 2010 he was awarded an Emerging Designer Award at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and has been featured in multiple local publications for his efforts in architecture and design.
In an effort to feed a long time passion Marquez Co-Founded the Design Bank in 2015, a design cooperative and learning network located in Indianapolis. Since opening their doors, the Design Bank has worked with students, adults, schools, libraries, and organizations to celebrate and understand how actual objects can empower and encourage to consider design thinking and entrepreneurship as part of their own strategy for changing the world.