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Creating Places Invitational Dialog
Fall 1999

In recent years, a resurgence of interest in community art has been apparent, in particular as a process to stimulate high quality collaborative design. The Creating Places Invitational Dialog is part of the Creating Places Initiative, a series of events and publications exploring how community art practices and projects can contribute to urban design. The City Design Center was asked to participate as one of the co-sponsors of the Dialog.
The purpose of the Dialog was to collectively develop strategies for enhancing the uniqueness of Chicago’s neighborhoods through the use of community public art. Three action steps emerged: An Artist’s Dialog was sponsored in Spring 2000 to discuss how artists can more effectively engage communities in public art. In addition, documentation of the Dialog was summarized and illustrated in a report for distribution.
Finally, all Dialog participants received a copy of the book, “Urban Art Chicago: A Guide to Community Murals, Mosaics and Sculpture.”

Co-Sponsors

The Chicago Center for Arts Policy
Chicago Public Art Group
Chicago Design Consortium
UIC City Design Center
UIC College of Architecture and the Arts
UIC Great Cities Institute
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