My City's Still Breathing

City Dep(ART)ment

Various departments within a city’s administration engage with cultural organizations and creative individuals in myriad ways. A key aspect of city administration is the engagement and incorporation of art into the overall strategic vision. This can take the shape of innovative programs that provide support to individual artists and art organizations, to planning and building public spaces that encourage play and social interaction. Another approach is embedding the artist right into the core of the city department, promoting a connection and awareness between makers and producers to the rich resources that define the city.

Jody Baltessen

Jody Baltessen City Archivist/Records Manager, City of Winnipeg
Winnipeg, MB
Souvenirs: An Artist-in-Residence at the City of Winnipeg Archives - Archivist Biography
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Jody Baltessen

Jody Baltessen has been City Archivist/Records Manager for the City of Winnipeg since October, 2007.  Before that, she spent five years as Senior Archivist for the City of Winnipeg Archives and twelve years with the Archives of Manitoba.  Through 2004-2005, she served as Chair of the Board of the Association for Manitoba Archives and has worked on several Association for Canadian Archives’ initiatives.  Ms. Baltessen is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg (Geography/Urban Studies, 1986), the University of Western Ontario (Master of Library and Information Science, 1987), and the University of Manitoba, Continuing Education Division (Certificate in Applied Management, 2000).

Souvenirs: An Artist-in-Residence at the City of Winnipeg Archives

In September, 2007, in cooperation with the Public Art Program of the Winnipeg Arts Council, the City of Winnipeg Archives hosted filmmaker Paula Kelly as artist-in-residence for six months.  During her time at the Archives, Ms Kelly produced three short documentary films using textual, photographic, audio and visual records held by the City, as well as created a number of new records that capture the stories of current and retired City employees and residents of the City of Winnipeg.  Collectively titled Souvenirs, these films reveal three dominant themes in Winnipeg history:  Sand and Stone – the City under construction;  Watermarks – the City in its environment;  and Waiting for the Parade – the City imagining itself.  Since it was premiered in September, 2008,  Souvenirs has been screened at a number of local venues, can be purchased on DVD through the Winnipeg Film Group, and is featured on the Archives’ website.

Join filmmaker Paula Kelly and City Archivist Jody Baltessen to hear about the process of conceptualizing and creating a film from the City’s rich but relatively unknown archival collection.

Find out more about the Public Art project Souvenirs, and see the films here

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Paula Kelly
Paula Kelly

Paula Kelly

Paula Kelly Filmmaker
Winnipeg, MB
Souvenirs: An Artist-in-Residence at the City of Winnipeg Archives Biography
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Paula Kelly

Paula Kelly is an award-winning Manitoba filmmaker whose documentaries and dramatic shorts have screened at festivals around the world. As Artist-in-Residence at the City of Winnipeg Archives through the Winnipeg Art Council’s Public Art Program, she created  a trio of short films called Souvenirs, nominated for Best Documentary Short at the 2009 Yorkton Short Film Festival and winner of a Manitoba Day Award. In 2010, she received the inaugural Manitoba Hothouse Award for Creative Development from the Winnipeg Film Group. Other projects include the CBC documentary feature,  Appassionata: The Extraordinary Life and Music of Sonia Eckhardt-Gramatté, awarded a Chris statue at the Columbus International Film & Video Festival as well as an Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Gimli Film Festival.  Her documentary, The Notorious Mrs. Armstrong, was winner of three Blizzard Awards for best writing, directing and editing, and a Gemini Nomination for best editing.
 

Souvenirs: An Artist-in-Residence at the City of Winnipeg Archives

In September, 2007, in cooperation with the Public Art Program of the Winnipeg Arts Council, the City of Winnipeg Archives hosted filmmaker Paula Kelly as artist-in-residence for six months.  During her time at the Archives, Ms Kelly produced three short documentary films using textual, photographic, audio and visual records held by the City, as well as created a number of new records that capture the stories of current and retired City employees and residents of the City of Winnipeg.  Collectively titled Souvenirs, these films reveal three dominant themes in Winnipeg history:  Sand and Stone – the City under construction;  Watermarks – the City in its environment;  and Waiting for the Parade – the City imagining itself.  Since it was premiered in September, 2008,  Souvenirs has been screened at a number of local venues, can be purchased on DVD through the Winnipeg Film Group, and is featured on the Archives’ website.

Join filmmaker Paula Kelly and City Archivist Jody Baltessen to hear about the process of conceptualizing and creating a film from the City’s rich but relatively unknown archival collection.

Find out more about the Public Art project Souvenirs, and see the films here

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Barbara Koenen
Barbara Koenen

Barabra Koenen presents at My City's Still Breathing

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Barbara Koenen Artist/Cultural Planner, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
Chicago, USA
Inhale / Exhale ... A City that Works Biography
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Barbara Koenen

Barbara Koenen is an artist and a cultural planner for the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.  She has created innovative programs to support individual artists and art organizations, including the Chicago Artists Resource (CAR) website, the annual Creative Chicago Expo, At Work Forums, CAR E-News, and Studio Chicago, in addition to her work on creative industry and artist housing development and policy for the city.  Koenen is conducting a comprehensive study of Chicago's creative entrepreneurs as a component of the formation of a new creative industry district, which was recently awarded a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts / Mayor's Institute of City Design.  As a practicing artist, Koenen’s  spice war rug installations combine cultural traditions of Buddhist sand mandalas and Afghan war rugs and have been exhibited in the U.S. and in Europe.  Her current investigations into the cultural intersection of pomegranates and hand grenades appear in installations and upcoming in Gastronomica journal.

Inhale / Exhale ... A City that Works

Chicago is celebrated for visionary and successful large-scale projects like Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Museums in the Parks that use arts and culture as important tools for community and economic development.  But it also incubates a sense of creativity and possibility through more grass roots, DIY projects.  Learn about some of the initiatives that the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs has launched to provide tools, support and information for creative entrepreneurs and creatives in the making, including the Chicago Artists Resource website, Creative Chicago Expo, Fashion Incubator, Studio Theater, Summerdance, World Music Festival, Chicago Neighborhood Tours and more.
 

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Matthew Lennon
Matthew Lennon

Matthew Lennon presents at My City's Still Breathing

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Matthew Lennon Director of Civic Art, Houston Arts Alliance
Houston, USA
Civic Design Programming: a work in progress. Biography
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Matthew Lennon

Matthew Lennon is the founder and has been the curator and director of HorseHead Projects since 1987.   HorseHead is a vehicle for emerging and midcareer artists; a platform for temporary art installations and public realm practices; and a program that grew to be international in scope.  HorseHead has facilitated projects in Seattle and Ireland, and exhibited artists from Japan, Trinidad, Mexico, Taiwan, Ireland as well as the US.

Matthew was a Seattle Arts Commissioner from 1997- 1999.  

He comes to Houston after serving as Public Art Curator for the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK- 2004- 08.  

Matthew has been a practicing visual artist, writer and curator for 30 years. He has extensive experience in the re-animation of public spaces and the implementation of sustainable urban and rural cultural strategies.

Basic Philosophy
Urban, or rural, place making is about ‘density through design’.  And density is not about housing stock or the scale of the apartment complex.  It’s about the density of human activity in the public realm.

Places which discourage engagement, play, movement, contemplation, communion and creativity are anti social to begin with. The public realm is meant to be pleasurable and stimulating.  Civic design is about facilitating human and humane actions.    More than architecture or art our cultural activities define our civic spaces.  The goal is to design places people use.

Civic Design Programming: a work in progress.  

A city’s Civic Art Team (CAT) needs to develop a comprehensive Civic Design Program (CDP) and be viewed as an essential member of the planning and economic development of the city/region; collaborating with various design teams; and engaged on a long-term, full-time basis with neighborhood development schemes.  This is not about consultation but accepting culture as a fully functioning partner employed to design, build and reanimate our cities as a creative capitals.   

Civic design is not about responding to the built environment or placing objects in public spaces.  It is about including artists and their unique approaches in the shaping of the public realm; creating places that support community activities; making places that reveal our memory, imagination and aspirations.  The primary drive of the CDP is to activate an urban design that reaches beyond economic and architectural considerations (function), and presents a cohesive means of facilitating distinction, innovation and pleasure throughout the city.

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