LunchUP: Dan Commer, "Revitalizing an Underutilized Commercial Corridor: A Public Art & Lot Activation Strategy"
Dan Commer is a current MURP student and former Interim Director of the Michigan Avenue Business Association
The "Revitalizing an Underutilized Commercial Corridor: A Public Art & Lot Activation Strategy" presentation will focus on place-based public art projects whose purpose is to re-energize communities by engaging their members and stakeholders in a process of design thinking, applied learning, and project execution.
The discussion tackles the challenge of the stigma associated with blighted commercial corridors and neighborhoods – their positive attributes overlooked, their capacity for growth, development, and ability to effect positive change underestimated – by others and themselves. The concept is to shift perception and facilitate connections to encourage local residents and stakeholders to impact their built environment in a way that is “positive” and meaningful.
Another combined goal of the conversation is to showcase the importance of the “power” of art + design to have real and measurable impact upon a community. In executing a project that rather than being a “one-off”, contributes additional momentum to a larger vision, initiative, or framework that will have a life beyond the start and end date of any individual entities involvement.
Lunch is provided. Please bring a drink.
These sessions are a response to requests from faculty and students to learn more about what’s going on in the field in an informal environment. We hope this can inspire emergent thoughts and connections that will inform our scholarship.