Artscape in Conversation with Artspace USA

featuring Colin Hamilton, Senior Vice President, National Advancement
Wednesday February 26th, 2014, 1:00 PM ET

Artspace USA is at the forefront of Creative Placemaking practice in the US, having developed over 35 affordable arts facilities in 13 states. Over their almost 35 year history, Artspace USA has been a tireless advocate for the role arts and culture can play in building healthier communities. A great deal has changed since Artspace opened their first project in 1990 – they continue to actively develop arts facilities all across the country while also sharing their expertise through consulting services and asset management.

Join Pru as she sits down with Artspace Senior Vice President of National Advancement Colin Hamilton to discuss how Artspace’s practice has evolved, lessons learned from over 25 years of on the ground experience, and what’s next in the ever-changing landscape of Creative Placemaking.

More About Artspace USA
Artspace is America’s leader in artist-led community transformation.  With headquarters in Minneapolis and offices in Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Washington DC, Artspace runs a network of 35 affordable arts facilities in 13 states.  Representing a $500 million investment in America's arts infrastructure, Artspace's facilities provide more than 1,100 affordable live/work units for artists and their families as well as a million square feet of non-residential space for artists, arts organizations and creative enterprises. Artspace has redeveloped several surplus schools for arts and cultural use, including Washington Studios in Duluth, MN, Bell School Arts Campus in New Orleans, Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts & Historic West Side School in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and El Barrio's Artspace PS109 in Harlem, NY.

Meet Colin Hamilton, Vice President of National Advancement at Artspace USA
Colin Hamilton is Senior Vice President of National Advancement at Artspace, the nation’s leading developer for the arts, where he oversees external affairs. At Artspace, Colin has been particularly involved in the creation of the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in Minneapolis, PS109 in New York City, and the Bell School Campus in New Orleans.  He also plays an active role in organizational planning. Prior to joining Artspace, Colin was the Executive Director of the Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library, where he helped create the new Minneapolis Central Library by leading a successful $155 million campaign.  Colin also staffed a civic commission that advanced the merger of the Minneapolis and Hennepin County library systems. In his last year with the Friends, the organization was named the nation’s most outstanding Friends group. Colin graduated from Amherst College with a degree in Anthropology.  He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa. He has been recognized as one of the “40 Under Forty” by the Twin Cities Business Journal.

Pru Robey, Director of the Creative Placemaking Lab at Artscape
As Director of Artscape’s Creative Placemaking Lab, Pru takes the lead in research and development for new projects. She led the research, partnership development and sector engagement process to build the vision and case for Daniels Spectrum (Regent Park Arts and Cultural Centre) and leads  research and pre-project  development for Artscape’s next major facility, a centre for creative sector entrepreneurship, Artscape Launchpad. She is also taking forward research, consulting, community and sector engagement to advance the development community cultural facilities in Toronto’s inner suburbs. Pru advises communities across Canada on cultural facility development and strategies to support creative placemaking and directs a suite of programs and services at Artscape designed to build the capacity of communities to undertake creative placemaking projects. She has extensive research and consulting expertise, and substantial experience designing and facilitating community consultation exercises. She is a leading expert in Creative Placemaking practice and has authored and teaches Canada’s only university level course in creative Placemaking for the University of British Columbia.
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