Brooklyn 2016

May 23-25

May 2016

05/23/2016, 9:00 am - 9:20 am

Welcoming Remarks

Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and Katy Clark, President of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, offered welcoming remarks and gave a brief overview of the rich history of cultural infrastructure in New York and Brooklyn.

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05/23/2016, 9:20 am - 10:20 am
Brooklyn Cultural District

Origin Story: The rise of Brooklyn as a Cultural Hub

Moderated by Keith Stubblefield, Chief Financial Officer, Brooklyn Academy of Music This session’s speakers discussed the history of Brooklyn’s transformation into a major cultural hub and shared insights into its current cultural profile, identity and prospects.  

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05/23/2016, 10:20 am - 11:00 am
Brooklyn Cultural District

Walking Tour of the Brooklyn Cultural District

After the morning session the group was  led on a walking tour of the Brooklyn Cultural District, featuring the Barclays Center, Theatre for a New Audience, BRIC/Urban Glass, and the historic BAM Harvey Theater.

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05/23/2016, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Cocktail Reception and Private Tour of Governors Island

The convening kicked off with a tour of Governors Island, led by Leslie Koch, President of the Trust for Governors Island. Delegates learned about the successful programming strategies for animating this 172-acre island off of southern Manhattan, featuring public open space, educational not-for-profit and commercial facilities, and various other attractions such as “Hammock Grove,” and the latest feature, “The Hills,” designed by landscape architects West 8. GCDN delegates at Governors Island. Photo: Susan Farley Photography. Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner of the…

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05/24/2016, 11:15 am - 12:45 pm

New Spaces and Places – Stories of Innovation

Moderated by Howard Herring, President and CEO, New World Symphony Expectations of arts spaces are changing in response to changes in audience expectations, the opportunities offered by technology and changes in the demands of artists. At the same time, traditional expectations by traditional audiences remain. How do we square those circles? The panelists shared insights on innovations around building and programming cultural spaces in cities.

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05/24/2016, 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Workshop | Metrics of Success: Learning from the Track-it Hennepin Process (Hennepin Theatre Trust, Minneapolis)

Since our last two meetings, in Montreal and London, the appropriate “metrics of success” for cultural districts has been an ongoing preoccupation. In 2012, Metris Arts Consulting led the development of a local indicator system, Track-It Hennepin to support Plan-It Hennepin, a year-long creative placemaking initiative to re-imagine Minneapolis’ Hennepin Avenue. Through Track-It Hennepin, stakeholders would be able to monitor progress toward reaching long-term goals, promote achievements, increase accountability, and adjust strategy to changing circumstances. Plan-It Hennepin was led by…

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05/24/2016, 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Interlude | Leadership Development: What are you looking for?

Q&A with Janice Price, President of Banff Centre and Becky Schutt of AEA Consulting Canada’s Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is currently undertaking a review of the training and development needs of the next generation of cultural leaders in the context of the development of its international arts leadership training. This session was an opportunity to address and identify common leadership needs of cultural districts.

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05/24/2016, 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

After Dark: Advice from the Night Mayor of Amsterdam

Mirik Milan, Night Mayor of Amsterdam. Cities worldwide face increasing challenges around night time economies, such as alcohol-related problems, violence, noise complaints, and more. Some cities, like Amsterdam, have implemented “night mayors,” – representatives of those industries which thrive at night (bars, night clubs, etc.) – to find innovative ways of dealing with these issues, including implementing staggered opening and closing hours of bars, adding ambassadors to help with crowd control after closing, and other inventive ideas. Mirik Milan, the…

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05/24/2016, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
BAM Fisher’s Rooftop Terrace

Evening Events

GCDN delegates enjoyed a cocktail reception hosted by BAM, followed by dinner hosted by AEA Consulting, at Bacchus Bistro in Brooklyn.

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05/25/2016, 9:00 am - 9:20 pm

Presentation: L’Hospitalet Cultural District, the new Brooklyn of Barcelona?

L’Ajuntament de L’Hospitalet, the second largest city of the Metropolitan Area of ​​Barcelona, has placed culture at the center of municipal policy, understanding culture as a source for urban, economic and social transformation for the city. The Mayor of L’Hospitalet shared insights into the plans to create a new cultural district in an old industrial area of ​​about 25 hectares, which already boasts a wide range of cultural facilities and companies from the creative sector. The aim is for l’Hospitalet…

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05/25/2016, 9:20 am - 10:30 am

Developments in Policy and Practice

Duncan Pescod discussed the developments of the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong. The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority is responsible for developing the West Kowloon Cultural District into a variety of arts and cultural facilities for hosting world-class exhibitions, performances and arts and cultural events. Stretching across 40 hectares of reclaimed land, the WKCD is one of the largest cultural projects in the world, blending art, education and open space.

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05/25/2016, 10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Workshop | Learning from Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts

What do those planning and managing cultural districts have to learn from the dynamics of naturally occurring districts? A lot…with respect to animation, scale, mixed-use and the relationship between production and consumption. This workshop provided a context to explore those lessons and how to apply them.

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05/25/2016, 12:00 pm - 12:20 pm

Presentation | Buenos Aires Distrito de las Artes

Distrito de las Artes BA is a two-fold project which involves both promoting the arts sector and redeveloping the neighborhood of La Boca, a specific area located in the south of Buenos Aires, known for its rich cultural heritage. Diego Radivoy, of the City of Buenos Aires, provided an overview of the Distrito de las Artes, which is one of three creative districts in the city.

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05/25/2016, 12:20 pm - 2:00 pm

GCDN Updates

GCDN leadership presented an overview of current and future projects and announced the next GCDN convening taking place in Singapore, November 2-4, 2016.

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05/25/2016, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Music and Placemaking: Festivalization of Cities

We closed with a session on the strategic role that festivals play in urban strategies, with insights from the author of a recently published book on American Festivals and Placemaking in Austin, Nashville and Newport, and the VP of Music Canada, an organization that has been instrumental to Canada’s broader music sector and to the encouragement of city music strategies throughout Canada. Brent Reidy of AEA Consulting opened the session by noting the growing presence of the word “festivalization” and…

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  • Adam Ganser, Vice President of Design, Friends of the High Line
  • Amy Terrill, Executive Vice President, Music Canada
  • Anne Gadwa Nicodemus, Principal, Metris Arts Consulting
  • Becky Schutt, Senior Associate, AEA Consulting
  • Brent Karpf Reidy, Senior Consultant, AEA Consulting
  • Caron Atlas, Director, Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts New York and Director, Arts & Democracy
  • D. Carroll Joynes, Senior Fellow , University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy
  • Diego Radivoy, Director of Creative Industries, Distrito de las Artes, City Government of Buenos Aires
  • Duncan Pescod, Chief Executive Officer, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
  • Elizabeth Streb, Action Architect/Choreographer, STREB, STREB LABORATORY for ACTION MECHANICS
  • Gonzalo Casals, Vice President of Programs and Community Engagement, Friends of the High Line
  • Howard Herring, President and CEO, New World Symphony
  • Jessica Ferey, Deputy Director, Global Cultural Districts Network, AEA Consulting
  • Jonathan R. Wynn, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. Author of Music/City, University of Massachusetts – Amherst
  • Joshua Dachs, Principal, Fisher Dachs Associates, Theatre Planning & Design
  • Karen Brooks Hopkins, Senior Fellow in Residence, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Former President, BAM, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Keith Stubblefield, Chief Financial Officer, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn Academy of Music
  • Lisa Havilah, Director, CarriageWorks
  • Louis Yu Kwok-lit, Executive Director, Performing Arts, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
  • MaryAnne Gilmartin, President & CEO, Forest City Ratner Companies, Forest City Ratner Companies
  • Mirik Milan, Night Mayor of Amsterdam, City of Amsterdam
  • Tom Borrup, Principal, Creative Community Builders
  • BAM Fisher’s Rooftop Terrace


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    Brooklyn, NY United States
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