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The Power of an Idea: One Person's View of How Community Renewal Through the Arts Lead to Creation of the BHAD


Rich Hensel is a resident of Benton Harbor, MI celebrating thirty years of engagement with the local creative community and has worked as a community organizer and founder of the OutCenter, a founding board member and past President of the New Territory Arts Association, Trustee, and Vice President of the Benton Harbor Public Library, and a volunteer with the Benton Harbor Downtown Development Authority he continues to remain engaged in the renewal of this city.

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Arts Bus: On the Move

@ VOL 16 ON MAY 25, 2013

The Arts Bus: On the Move project travels around the city, encouraging participation in the arts among Hong Kong's youth.

Tony Hung Fai Chan and Elaine Yee Ling Wong share some details of the project, including the yearly themes and designs, community concerts, and gallery exhibitions.

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Get Boosted for the Arts

@ VOL 18 ON FEB 17, 2013

Simon Bowden and Bryna O'Brien discuss their plans for Boosted, a new crowdfunding website for the arts in New Zealand. They talk about how they got the funding for boosted, what the arts foundation in New Zealand does, and projects that were on the website when Boosted launched in March 2013.


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The Restoration of Heritage at the Arts Centre of Christchurch

@ VOL 23 ON MAY 04, 2015

The Arts Centre in Christchurch is a neo-gothic campus, once hosting the local university, converted into a space for local artists to practise and showcase. Severely damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes, it is now going through an extensive restoration. Arts Centre CEO Andre Lovatt gives people an insight into the restoration of the Arts Centre, to explain what it is that they have been doing since the earthquakes, show the process visually and give an indication on the progress that is being made. Showing the love, care and attention that so many people are giving to their restoration work and how, when it is all done, the Arts Centre, and the Christchurch wider community, will be so much better for it.


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The York Arts Barge

@ VOL 8 ON JUL 29, 2015

Marcia Mackey and Christian Topman discuss the challenges they are facing whilst trying to bring an Arts Barge to York, a city with no dedicated arts centre, and what they are planning to do once they have brought the barge to the city, and the positive impact it will have on the community.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on Wednesday, September 10th, 2015. 

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Building A Creative Community

@ VOL 8 ON JUL 29, 2015

Ben Porter and Michael Hayes of Plastic Fortune discuss the issue of how to make a more creative city. With a focus on community and social films they describe how they formed a network of creatives including artists, designers, filmmakers, musicians, photographers, performing artists and writers, and believe that by bringing everybody together and sharing contacts, resources and experiences we can increase the artistic output of the city.

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Sculpting Community: Placemaking with Krasl Art Center

@ VOL 3 ON NOV 12, 2015

What happens when you pair up the brains of Bill LaDitka, a Principal Architect and Julia Gourley, an Art Gallery Director?  You get a creative team from two agencies focused on PlaceMaking in St. Joseph, MI.

Bill is a Principal Architect at Wightman & Associates, Inc. in Benton Harbor, MI. He also is an Urban Designer, Place Designer, Strategist, Creative Visionary as well as one of our PKN City Organizers.

Julia is the Executive Director at the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, MI. She holds a BFA, Fine Art Photography and a MSEd in Art Education. She is a member of various local crop-shares, cycle groups, and most obviously, many creative networks.

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Rural Arts Activism

@ VOL 21 ON SEP 24, 2016

"These days, arts and artists are mostly urban, this is not news, but whenever things are brought from the wilderness to the country, to the city, they are brought to make a point."

In "Rural Arts Activism" from PechaKucha Night Halifax Vol. 21, Associate Professor at NSCAD University Karin Cope presents the many creative opportunities in Halifax to explore the arts to enhance the lives of the members of her rural community. 

Karen is a poet, sailor, photographer, videographer, writer, activist, and blogger. Her publications include scholarly works (Passionate Collaborations: Learning to Live with Gertrude Stein,) popular histories (Casting a Legend: The Story of the Lunenburg Foundry), poetry (What we’re doing to stay afloat), short stories, and substantial blogs. A founding member of Art and Activism at NSCAD, Cope is also a community activist on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. 

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Creative Placemaking - Turning a 'Space' into a 'Place'

@ VOL 1 ON DEC 01, 2017

PechaKucha Night Arima, City Organiser, Kevon Foderingham speaks about his non-profit organization, Caribbean Fashion and Arts Feature Festival and corresponding creative placemaking project, EAST YARD.

Kevon speaks about the power of culture and creativity to revitalize cities and foster the spirit of community.  

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Where Arts, Education, & Community Harmonize

@ VOL 28 ON JUL 12, 2018

Mike Guarino shares the story of the Snow Pond Arts Academy.