Theaster Gates: Revive Neighborhoods With Imagination

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In this pretty amazing TEDTalk, Theaster Gates talks about the incredible success that Arts and Culture projects have had in reviving urban spaces in Chicago. Some of the project ---especially the old bank renovation---will be hauntingly familiar to Jacksonville urbanites. We've talked about projects like these for 30 years. Theaster actually did it. Check it out after the jump and get energized.





Theaster Gates, a potter by training and a social activist by calling, wanted to do something about the sorry state of his neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. So he did, transforming abandoned buildings to create community hubs that connect and inspire those who still live there (and draw in those who don't). In this passionate talk, Gates describes his efforts to build a "miniature Versailles" in Chicago, and he shares his fervent belief that culture can be a catalyst for social transformation in any city, anywhere.

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