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What role should arts institutions have in urban areas?

Urban areas often contain galleries, museums, colleges and universities, arts schools, studios, art centers, and other forms of ensembles of practioners of the arts. These institutions vary in how, and how much, they interact with and engage in the communities within which they are set.
As we envision within City 2.0, the TEDPrize winner, or in our view of what we want our cities to be like in, say, fifty years, what novel roles can these institutions play? Do these new or expanded roles require changes in how these institutions plan their programming, either as individual institutions or in hybrid forms or collaborations?


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    Apr 3 2012: Novel roles of institutions in 50 years - in urban areas - are depending also on the state of the city today. Is it currently in a boom phase like many cities in China? Then those cities will experience a down-sizing and crisis - all growth is in cycles... unfortunately. In 25 years the today succesful cities might be not attractive any longer - just as New York some 20 years ago.

    If you image an ideal world - without ups and downs in business - I would ask for a more 360degree, a more holistic approach of art institutions to urbanism and its people. Today in Germany an art centers is not focusing, not even considering the progress of its quarter - it is solely fixed on producing art quality exhibitions.

    On top: In a world wih more and more social devide and migration backgrounds the arts are not self-sufficient anylonger. If the art institution do not open up, large parts of society will not value and love the arts. In Germany we just have a public debate on closing more than 8.000 cultural institutions - to much of the same, the critics say.

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