KEYNOTE: Using the Arts to Weave Communities Back Together
Thursday, June 25, 2020
2:30 p.m. EDT
About this Session
Join New York Times columnist and author David Brooks in exploring what it means to connect in this moment, and how the arts can be part of weaving us all back together. He’ll do this through the lens of Weave, a “cultural movement renewing America’s social fabric” that he has launched with the Aspen Institute which sets out to repair a social fabric that is badly frayed by distrust, division, and exclusion—and using arts and culture as a central strategy to doing just that. Following his speech, he will be joined on stage by Jessica Solomon, Vice President of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, for a closing dialogue and Q&A.
David Brooks, New York Times
Jessica Solomon, Robert. W. Deutsch Foundation
This session is a part of the 2020 Annual Convention and Public Art & Civic Design Conference.
Op-Ed Columnist, New York Times
David Brooks is a columnist for The New York Times and a contributor to The Atlantic, as well as Founder and Chair of Weave: The Social Fabric Project at the Aspen Institute. He is a commentator on “The PBS Newshour,” NPR’s “All Things Considered” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
His most recent book, “The Second Mountain,” shows what can happen when we put commitment-making and relationships at the center of our lives. He is also the author of “The Road to Character,” “Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There” and “The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement.”
Mr. Brooks is on the faculty of Yale University and is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Follow him on Twitter @nytdavidbrooks and his Weave project @Weavetheppl
Vice President, Robert W. Deutsch Foundation
Jessica Solomon serves as Vice President of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. In her role she is sharpening the Foundation’s place-based grant making strategies, developing new programmatic initiatives, and deepening institutional knowledge to ensure equitable impact across Baltimore. Prior, Jessica led Art in Praxis - a cultural impact lab creating the conditions for increased capacity, creativity, and impact in cause driven organizations and cultural institutions. From 2014-2016 she served as “Chief Weaver of Social Fabric” at the US Department of Arts and Culture and in 2018 was Recognized by Baltimore Magazine as one of "30 Changemakers Shaping the Future of the City". She believes that storytelling is our best tool to increase empathy, adaptability, and spur transformation - in communities, organizations and systems.
Jessica earned a Masters of Science in Organization Development from American University, where her graduate school cohort bestowed on her the Hal Kellner Award, presented to a class member whose characteristics include being “challenging, thoughtful, humorous…[and] someone who holds a deep concern about social justice.”
Jessica is a member of RoadMap Consulting, a Salzburg Global Young Cultural Innovator, and Advisor to a host of organizations, including National Arts Strategies and Impact Hub Baltimore. She is a proud contributor to Animating Democracy’s Aesthetic Perspectives: Attributes of Excellence in Arts for Change (2017) We Inspire Me: Cultivate Your Creative Crew to Work, Play, and Make by Andrea Pippins (Chronicle Books, 2018).