Faced with a disease that slowly steals memories and the ability to communicate, some people with dementia—and their caretakers—find dignity and community by embracing famous works and their own.
‘Given the diverse purposes of propaganda in history and at present to mislead, instill fear, or defend interests, how do artists consider wielding this device?’
Flatiron Partnership and Van Alen Institute Unveil Winner of Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition: Flatiron Reflection by Future Expansion
On Thursday, October 26, the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) and Van Alen Institute unveiled the winner of the fourth annual Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition—Flatiron Reflection by Future Expansion—a temporary installation in the heart of the Flatiron District. Flatiron Reflection will be the centerpiece of the Partnership’s sixth annual holiday program and a highly visible landmark in this thriving New York City neighborhood. Flatiron Reflection is a publicly spirited space that encourages new experiences of the city, new modes of dwelling in the plaza, and new views of its context. A bundle of shimmering tubes creates a fragmented column at the scale of the public plaza. The fluted perimeter offers niches that can be occupied, while a panoramic central space opens out like a stage into the plaza.
Artists with disabilities say efforts at inclusion in the process behind and language of the de Blasio administration’s CreateNYC plan were welcome. Now they want to see efforts to make sure both funding streams and art spaces become more accessible.
They hope the implementation of CreateNYC – the city’s first cultural plan – will foster a more equitable citywide art scene and address the labor, affordability and professional development needs of the whole art scene.
People who work to preserve traditional arts among the city’s immigrant communities find themselves in the crosshairs of two thrusts of President Trump’s policy: closing borders and cutting budgets.
Artists are hoping to produce work relevant to the issues facing neighborhoods and connect with people leading the fight for change.
Research indicates that when cultural funding is cut, communities suffer in unexpected ways.