As the second installment of the Placemaking Speaker Series, Erie Arts & Culture welcomes Barbara Goldstein to Erie on Sunday, May 12. Barbara’s visit will extend through Wednesday, May 15. The public is invited to attend her keynote presentation on Monday, May 11 at 6:00 PM at the Erie Art Museum. The event is free but registration is encouraged. Also during her visit, Barbara will meet with community organizations and stakeholders as she is led on a tour of Erie’s neighborhoods to learn more about the revitalization efforts occurring throughout Erie’s urban core.
Barbara Goldstein is the author of “Public Art by the Book,” which was published by Americans for the Arts. For more than 30 years, Barbara has lent her expertise to cities across the nation who are interested in creating and sustaining public spaces that engage communities through arts and cultural activities that promote healthy, flourishing, and equitable communities. She is being brought to Erie as part of the New Horizons initiative, which has received funding from the Erie Community Foundation and Erie Insurance.
New Horizons empowers residents, merchants, community organizers, artists, and culture-bearers to actively be involved in shaping the social character and built environment in their neighborhoods. The initiative, in the first three years, invests in the neighborhoods that the City of Erie has identified in their comprehensive plan as the most in need of stabilization.
Through this initiative, Erie Arts & Culture and its collaborating partners will enhance and activate public spaces by delivering accessible cultural programs and activities that tap into the creativity, imagination, experience, and wisdom of community members. Through the New Horizons initiative, we aim to identify and then directly address systems that have perpetuated neighborhood disparities.