The 2021 Winter Buzz Breakfast series, hosted by Leadership Asheville and the Asheville Area Arts Council and sponsored by Explore Asheville and Buncombe County TDA, focused on Equity in Creative Placemaking, an approach that uses arts strategies to involve those who live, work, and play in a community and give them a voice in the urban design process.

The four-part series included presentations from local and national experts followed by Q&A moderated by Dr. Darin Waters, Special Assistant to the Chancellor at UNC Asheville and Executive Producer of the Waters & Harvey Show, and Aisha Adams, Founder and Executive Producer of The Asheville View.

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APRIL 15: A panel of these local experts focused on local public art initiatives and explored what Equitable Creative Placemaking could look like for our community: Katie Cornell, Executive Director, Asheville Area Arts Council, Stephanie Monson Dahl, Strategic Development Program Director, City of Asheville, Cortina Caldwell, adé Project Founder, Sekou Coleman, Executive Director, Asheville Writers in the Schools & Community. Vic Isley, President & CEO of Explore Asheville and Buncombe County TDA provided opening remarks. View a recording of the discussion here >> 

MARCH 18: Maria R. Jackson, Institute Professor at the Studio for Creativity, Place and Equitable Communities at Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, is a national leader in the Equitable Creative Placemaking movement. View a recording of the discussion here >>

FEBRUARY 18: Paul Farber, Director of the Monument Lab and Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Public Art & Space at the University of Pennsylvania, speaking on public art and creative placemaking and rethinking our monuments. View a recording of the discussion here >>

JANUARY 27: Mitch Landrieu, the former mayor of New Orleans known for his decision to remove Confederate monuments in his city and author of the book, “In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History.”  View a recording of the discussion here >>

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