Weekly Links - May 20th, 2016 | Participatory Culture | Empathetic Urban Planning | A Call-to-Action for Artists | Theatre for People with Autism

Weekly Links - May 20th, 2016 | Participatory Culture | Empathetic Urban Planning | A Call-to-Action for Artists | Theatre for People with Autism

This week, our favorite reads showcase culture’s vast reach: from urban design to cognitive therapy to creative practice to philosophy.

Weekly Links - May 6th, 2016

We need imagination to create new, improved and more equitable cities, cities rich with opportunities for all their residents.
— Umberto Crenca

Our favorite stories and posts expose how art improves the everyday – by encouraging us to look at our worlds in new ways.

We’re especially interested in:

An exploration of pop culture’s influence cycle and the multi-layered nature of human innovation, through the lens of David Bowie’s art.

Where many of Toronto’s makers will make their mark: in the city’s Design and Typography Market (opening later this year).

How arts integration is transforming how students grasp math and the sciences in New England.

The importance of making space for creative placemaking in urban planning and development policy.

Weekly Links - April 8th, 2016


As we move deeper into April, change is upon us.  The articles that caught our attention this week refer to fundamental shifts in perspective that are essential to securing a sustainable future. Our favourite pieces serve as reminders that algorithms alone are not the answer.

The Chronicle of Higher Education articulates that theatre studies explore and express human actions repressed by technology, and are valuable in the digital age.

The Australian posits that it isn’t STEM but STEAM that will help us to realize our true potential.  That incorporating art/design processes into technical innovation is the best way forward.

Down with clickbait!  Jesse Weaver set Medium alight this week, with a rallying cry for the production of quality content and the empowerment of creative professionals.

We’re grateful for BBC Culture’s introduction to “digital detox zone” Libreria, a retailer that seeks to restore the sense of wonder, conviviality and conversation that are the provenance of the bookstore.


Weekly Links - March 25th, 2016

The articles that caught our attention this week have us wondering...


Will Virtual Reality Technology Transform the Arts and Culture?

Can the Arts Temper Our Obsession with Television?

Isn’t It Time We Acknowledge Artists and Designers As the Original Entrepreneurs?


Let us know your thoughts in the comments.


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Artists Will Hold The Most Important Design Jobs of the Future


Earlier this week, Fast Company published predictions for The Most Important Design Jobs of the Future.  Designers from iconic organizations identified 18 jobs that will develop in the years to come.  Among them, there are at least four that require the presence of artistic perspectives and skills: Conductor, Cybernetic Director, Fusionist and Interventionist.  All of these roles require the ability to cultivate cross-disciplinary understanding, bridge seemingly disparate forces, communicate the complex with simplicity and perceive all that is essential – in the culture, not just in the marketplace.

Artists* retain a wholeness of perspective that eludes those in most other disciplines.  Designers and architects work in similarly holistic ways, but there is a remove at which much of their work holds humanity.  Though function is always a priority, feeling is not necessarily so. 

Artists’ exploration of emotion, of universal, fundamental feelings will protect us – by asserting the primacy of humanity and the world around us – as technological advancement hurtles forward.  Without nature there is nothing.

Many emergent creative people, especially those who identify as artists, limit themselves by crafting professional identities that are tethered exclusively to their crafts.  But it’s through embracing their full selves that the spectrum of their talents can be revealed.  This will have not only positive implications for the creation of art, but the business community as well.

The future is always unknown, but we can work toward ensuring one that is beautiful and sustainable.  Conductors, Cybernetic Directors, Fusionists and Interventionists, who are also artists, will help us to get there.


*Our definition of "artist" is liberal and includes visual artists, filmmakers, performing artists, literary artists, multimedia artists, digital artists, artisans, craftspeople and many more.