Light It Up: Optimizing Public Practice is a meeting to showcase exemplary work by artists and communities, providing perspectives from the field while building awareness and advocacy for Public Practice. The gathering

  • ASU artists, faculty and staff;
  • regional community partners; and,
  • national & international leaders in the field

The dialogue will investigate the artist-citizen of the 21st century as ASU navigates the integration of Public Practice into curricular design.

Click here for the Complete Schedule of Events.


Thursday, October 27 – Saturday, October 29, 2011

A.E.England Building
424 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Civic Space Park
Across the street from ASU Phoenix Downtown Campus


  • Keynote: Rick Lowe speaks about his organization, Project Row Houses, where art merges with architecture in a site for social activism.
  • Shannon Jackson discusses her interdisciplinary approach to forms, goals, and histories of innovative social practice found in contemporary performance and visual art. Check out her new book, Social Works: Performing Art, Supporting Publics.
  • Joseph “Sentrock” Perez explores Breaking, Expressive Arts, and Beat Making as director of The Rise Project, a project that challenges teens of central Phoenix to rise to their potential as lead members in their community.
  • Jennifer Nelson presses the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment concept of “bearing arms” to activate new discussions regarding “fear.” She works directly with amputees, martial artists trained in weaponry, trauma counselors, and rehabilitation specialists.
  • You. And your ideas. Have you thought about how to improve your neighborhoods? Have you wanted to collaborate or build partnerships with others? Ideas about changing educational practice? Or an interest in tackling pressing community issues through art and design? Join us in a workshop, with artists and community partners alike, and become a catalyst for change.

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