This session invites theoretical and empirical papers that engage with the use of creative practices in community regeneration.
Keywords: community; regeneration; culture; arts; events; policy; place making; creative methods; qualitative.
Community, sense of community, and community development practices have long been topics of academic debate. Critical geography has confronted naïve conceptualisations of community, as well as highlighting top-down policy initiatives that have ranged from the paternalistic to pathologising the communities that they claim to serve. In the face of in-migration or out-migration, demographic change and a shifting economic base, there has been a resurgent awareness of the value of community initiatives in regeneration.
Creative practices have played an increasing role in, especially, urban populations, as people look for innovative ways of tackling the challenges that they face in changing communities. Grassroots approaches to place-focussed regeneration have encompassed the spectrum of cultural activities, from music, traditional crafts, open studios and public art projects to arts or cultural festivals. In parallel, there is considerable research and policy engagement with asset-based approaches and arts-based methods in supporting community activity. However, while community engagement with creative practices in regeneration may express identity, build a sense of inclusion or support positive health and wellbeing, they are by no means unproblematic.
|Presenter||Kevin Keenan*, Rowan University, Mahbubur Meenar, Rowan University, Theorizing while a Neighborhood is on Fire: The Planner’s Role in Un-development||15||12:00 AM|
|Presenter||Sampo Ruoppila*, University of Turku, Jani Vuolteenaho, University of Helsinki, Unlocking the waterfront enclosures in Turku, Finland: redevelopment, appropriation and public policy||15||12:00 AM|
|Presenter||Julia Brown-Bernstein*, University of Southern California, Under the Canopy: Migrant Belonging at the San Fernando Swap Meet||15||12:00 AM|
|Presenter||Julie Clark*, University of the West of Scotland, The arts in urban regeneration and placemaking: the case of the cultural capital that wasn't||15||12:00 AM|
|Discussant||Nick Wise||15||12:00 AM|
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