Public Art as Science Learning

Join the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities on Tuesday, June 5 for a panel of arts professionals, critics and cultural thinkers to discuss how artists can engage the public in a dialogue about sustainability, using Mary Miss/City as Living Laboratory’s project, BROADWAY: 1000 Steps, as provocation. This National Science Foundation (NSF) supported panel discussion will explore research into public art as a foundation for informal science learning in public spaces. It is free and open to the public.

As the Earth’s human population becomes predominantly urban, cities hold a key to the future of environmental conservation and sustainability initiatives. Policymakers, urban planners, and advocates are tackling environmental challenges, but that discussion is largely seen as outside of the public discussion of how we live in cities.

The City of New York has situated itself at the forefront of urban sustainability, starting with the release of PlaNYC in 2007, and its participation in C40 Cities collaborating on climate change and with more recent initiatives like its Green Infrastructure Plan.

What is the role of the public in this conversation? The Mary Miss/City as Living Laboratory (MM/CaLL) Framework engages the public as science learners whose behaviors, actions and decisions have direct impact on the future of the environment. During the fall of 2011, the MM/CaLL installation BROADWAY: 1000 Steps at Montefiore Park in upper Manhattan engaged visitors with urban infrastructure systems, and helped them rethink their relationship with consumption and place.

The panel will take place on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, from 6 to 8pm.

Please RSVP at – http://artandenvironment.eventbrite.com/

Location: Hunter College Student Dining Room, Hunter West Building, 3rd floor, Lexington & East 68th St., New York, NY 10065. Enter through the West Building Lobby on the SW corner of 68th Street and Lexington Avenue. (Photo ID required).

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