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PLA4881-1 / Spring 2022

Practicum: Planning the Cultural Space

Location & Time
F 9 AM - 11 AM
Session & Points
3 Points
Call Number
Drawing on the experience of planners, architects, and cultural producers, this practicum will provide students with a broad perspective of the trends and issues in planning for cultural spaces and the operation of cultural organizations and facilities, including performing arts centers (PACs), museums, libraries, and public spaces. At the center of the practicum will be an investigation into the real-time impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cultural planning and development and its implications for traditional approaches to the performing and visual arts as well as passive recreation in cultural spaces. In a time of increasing civic engagement, the course will also investigate how the cultural space is being shaped by increasing public engagement to achieve political, social and legal justice and accountability, and how efforts to attain diversity, equity and inclusion will continue to shape the cultural space. The course will have intensive interaction with planners, curators, architects, fundraisers, board members, and cultural leaders to discover the techniques and change in planning paradigms that are necessary to address both systemic and evolving problems in planning, operating and evolving cultural production. Students will select one example of a cultural institution or district to study in detail and present the issues and opportunities to the class. These will be combined into a final report that identifies the issues of the field, and potential planning solutions.