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Thursday, October 15 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Session 1: Land, Equity, and Teaching Creative Placeknowing in Higher Education / Leading with community: how a foundation and a university are investing in place-based change

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Land, Equity, and Teaching (Calderon, Arroyo, Jojola, Noorani) - The means by which land is acquired, apportioned, controlled, owned, and preserved in this country have embedded within them our national legacies of racism. Land and race are historically intertwined in this country. Meet artists and professors whose practices seek to reconfigure these disparities that have existed historically and hear the ways in which they are radically reimagining land control in their communities. Learn how to challenge the historical relationship between land and race through such examples as cooperatives, land trusts, banks, vacant lot possession, and other tactics. And learn how universities can address these relationships and issues in their curricula, courses, and community-based learning.

Leading with community (Barash, Song) - In Boston, an ambitious partnership among the Boston Foundation, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and place-based community organizations intends to disrupt land development patterns. Through the lens of equitable placemaking and placekeeping, Harvard and TBF are supporting the capacity of communities to mitigate market forces, strengthen civic infrastructures, and express cultural identity. In its pilot phase, this community-determined, cooperative model is already generating learning and building power throughout neighborhoods.


Sarah Calderon

Sarah Calderon is the Managing Director of ArtPlace America. She also teaches at The New School and New York Univeristy. Previously, Sarah Calderon was the Executive Director of Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education (Bronx, NY) from 2008-2015. During her tenure, she has overseen... Read More →

Ted Jojola

Theodore (Ted) Jojola, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor and Regents’ Professor in the Community & Regional Planning Program, School of Architecture + Planning, University of New Mexico (UNM). He holds a PhD in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has a Masters... Read More →
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Irfana Jetha Noorani

Arts & Public Space Consultant
Irfana Jetha Noorani (she/her/hers) is a cultural organizer, artist and administrator living in Washington, D.C. She supports cultural organizations, public spaces, and philanthropic institutions with equitable planning processes and programming that center on people of color and... Read More →

Philip Barash

F. Philip Barash serves as a Fellow at the Boston Foundation, where he leads the philanthropic and policy investment in equitable place-based change. Barash brings a background of facilitating community development and design processes to this work. He previously advised the National... Read More →

Thursday October 15, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT