New City Arts Forum 2012

Posted on April 12, 2012 by


What makes art “good”?  What is the role of the artist?  Why does art even matter in this day and age?

These questions persist through every art movement, among each generation of artists.  Next weekend, New City Arts is holding a forum to engage in conversation about these and other issues related to art and society.

The forum will feature an incredible group of experts, whom New City Arts has split up into six 1-hour sessions.  Each presenter will speak for 10 minutes, after which they will discuss the topic on stage for 25 minutes. An audience Q&A session will follow each of these presentations:

1) “What Is the Responsibility of the Artist?”  

Dean Dass (Associate Chair for Studio Art at U.Va.)

Adam Wolpa (Associate Professor of Art

at Calvin College)

2) “Who is Our Audience?”

Maggie Guggenheimer (Executive Director of Piedmont Council for the Arts)

Steve Taylor (Director of Second Street Gallery)

3) “What about the Arts and Social Engagement?”

Greg Kelly (co-founder and Executive Director of The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative)

Kate Daughdrill (Artist and Founder of The Garage)

4) “What Is Good Art?”

Howard Singerman (Chair of U.Va. Art Department)

Nicholas Wolterstorff (Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology at Yale University; Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at U.Va.)

5) “Why Do the Arts Matter?”

Russell Willis Taylor (President and CEO of National Arts Strategies)

Jamie Bennett (Chief of Staff and Director of Public Affairs at the National Endowment for the Arts)

6) “What about the Role of the Church and the Arts?”

Dan Siedell (Director of Theological and Cultural Practice at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

Nicholas Wolterstorff (Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology at Yale University; Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at U.Va.)

Check out a more detailed schedule HERE.

There will also be an amazing performance – Ben Wardell is going to dance alongside a performance arranged by Isaac Wardell – as well as wonderful exhibits, so you will not only hear about great artwork, but see and experience it as well.  And don’t think we forgot about food – there will be a fancy, secret dinner on Saturday night (you’ll find out where only if you come!) and a brunch on Sunday (if you’ve been curious about A Pimento Catering, this is your chance to taste it for yourself!).

Join the presenters, performers and chefs in an intriguing, thought-provoking and exciting weekend.  “Whether you haven’t painted since you were in high school or whether you are the next Picasso,” don’t miss out on this incredible learning opportunity!

Register online by April 13 The cost is only $99 for the entire weekend (but further reduced cost is available to students, artists, and those in need of assistance) – what more could you ask for?



WHAT: An amazing weekend of art enthusiasm, excellent speakers and delicious food!

WHEN: April 20-22

WHERE: The Haven (112 West Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902)

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