Positioning Creatives to Drive Innovation in Reconstruction

Recorded On: 06/25/2020

Thursday, June 25, 2020
1:30 p.m. EDT

About this Session

In a crisis, systems that seemed rigid can suddenly bend--and if creative people are in the right place at the right time, they can transform those systems into better versions of themselves before they re-harden. In this session, hear how you can work to integrate artists and creatives in places where innovation is going to be necessary to survive, and where systems can benefit from a creative mind.

Learning Objectives
  • Learn how artists can be integrated into non-arts public and private sector roles to drive innovation.
  • Hear what arguments work to help people understand that arts can be part of the solution.
  • Explore how this moment offers the opportunity of transformation, and how to seize that moment.

Kara Elliott-Ortega, City of Boston
Renee Chatelain, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge

This session is a part of the 2020 Annual Convention and Public Art & Civic Design Conference

Renee Chatelain

President and CEO, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge

Renee Chatelain holds a B.A. Degree and Juris Doctor from Louisiana State University. She is President/CEO of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.  Renee began her career as a dancer, then served as a guest teacher for Iceland Dance Theater, Cornell University, among others.  She has been a speaker at the Women in Dance Conference at NYU and at the Ballet Festival of India, Mumbai. She serves on AFTA’s Private Sector Council.  

Renee has been recognized by the Louisiana State Senate for her contribution to African Americans in Louisiana through the Arts.  She received the Milestone Award from the National Guild for Community Arts Education, and most recently, was named a Louisiana Role Model by the Links, Inc.

Renee’s passion project is The Fading Line: A Commemoration of the 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott, a multi-media dance interpretation of this under told historic event in her hometown.

Kara Elliott-Ortega

Chief of Arts & Culture, City of Boston

Kara Elliott-Ortega is an urban planner and cultural organizer focusing on the role of arts and creativity in community development. Prior to becoming the Chief of Arts and Culture, she served as the Director of Policy and Planning for the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture. Kara's work to implement Boston Creates, Boston’s 10-year cultural plan, includes creating new resources for local artists, developing a public art program, and supporting the development of cultural facilities. 

 Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, Kara received her bachelor’s from the University of Chicago and her Master in City Planning from MIT.

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