After two years, the Creative Time Summit-the world’s largest international conference on art and social change-headed home to New York City! Creative Time Summit: The Curriculum NYC took place at the Boys and Girls High School campus in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn on November 14 and 15, 2015.
Continuing the dialogue started at the Summit held at the Venice Biennale in August, the New York Summit was dedicated to education and other ways knowledge is disseminated and obtained. The Curriculum NYC focused on the effects of specific education policies in the United States.
We explored the relationship between knowledge and geopolitics, pedagogical art practices, omissions in contemporary curricula, and political issues such as the re-segregation of public schools and student debt. In addition to hosting presentations by a distinguished roster of over 50 participants, the Creative Time Summit: The Curriculum NYC invited attendees to join in our afternoon sessions, which comprised break-out sessions held in the school’s classrooms. Taking the form of workshops and open discussions, they provided opportunities for more intimate exchanges among attendees, special guests, Summit presenters, and students and teachers from the Boys and Girls High School campus, which includes the Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice, and Research and Service High School. While diving deeper into urgent pedagogical issues, the breakout sessions addressed topics specific to the field of socially engaged art.
I will be working and enjoying the summit behind and in front of the scenes. See you there!