Detroit’s Urban Artscape has recently received an assortment of national media attention. This event aims to expand current dialogue on this topic, moving beyond the most recent media publications that skim over the true multi-dimensional, catalytic power of artistic interventions within a struggling urbanscape. The panel will be asked to consider how certain social, economic and geographic factors impact their work, including the ways in which the scale and scope of artistic interventions are informed or modulated by the city. Lastly, the panel will evaluate the short and long-term effectiveness of such interventions as devices for urban regeneration. Whether describing a single urban intervention, an academic analysis of Detroit’s urban artscape, the public aspect of urban art, or the implementation of a larger, ephemeral artistic festival…how effective are these interventions when viewed from an ever-widening perspective?

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