Dreamland or Nightmare? The Future Development of Coney Island and its Community

Panel Discussion Mon 10 Oct 2005 6.30PM-8.30PM The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor
Admission: $5, free for all students, as well as New School faculty, staff and alumni with valid ID
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This panel discussion focuses on the role of art and artists in the community development plans currently slated for the Coney Island amusement park area and its surrounding neighborhood. With an eye towards setting a real agenda for including art and community well-being in local development, the panel addresses successful and unsuccessful attempts to integrate the arts into expansion plans. By concentrating on the environmental, economic, and restorative power of the arts, the specific planning process in Coney Island will be considered within local initiatives, city-wide development trends, and national case-studies to demonstrate how unique communities such as Coney Island can retain their historical and cultural significance as beneficial partners in their own future economic development.

Aaron Beebe, Curator, Coney Island USA

Anne Pasternak, Director, Creative Time
Rikki Abzug, Assistant Professor, Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy
Robin Nagle, Professor of Urban Anthropology, New York University
Peter Dorsey, Senior Designer and Project Manager, Acconci Studio
Kate Collignon, Senior Project Manager, NYC Economic Development Corporation

Co-organized by Coney Island USA, the Wolfson Center for National Affairs and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School.

This event is part of the "Considering Forgiveness Cycle."