2016 Barnett Symposium

Planning Creative Cities: Global Trends, Local Actions


We are delighted to welcome all of you to the 12th Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Symposium on the Arts and Public Policy. The 2016 Barnett Symposium: Planning Creative Cities: Global Trends, Local Action, explores the compelling themes of cultural entrepreneurship, urban planning, and heritage placemaking and how the intersection of these three disciplines will spark new ideas for nurturing the creative city, a topic at the forefront of global urban development. The Barnett Symposia have fostered exciting conversations about the role of artists and creative communities in cities today. Planning Creative Cities: Global Trends, Local Action brings together stakeholder participants from the three different sectors of the community—the public, private, and nonprofit—to further the conversation for new ideas and strategic goals for ensuring sustainability and social inclusion in urban centers worldwide. This year’s interdisciplinary approach is also made possible through the collaboration between the OSU’s Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy and the Department of City and Regional Planning at the Knowlton School of Architecture, as well as the German Village Society.

The Symposium opens on Wednesday, May 11 with a gallery reception “Creative Placemaking Now,” located at the Arts Initiative Hopkins Hall Gallery, 128 North Oval Mall. On May 12, the Symposium will continue at an all-day event, hosted by the Columbus Museum of Art, featuring three panels and eleven internationally and nationally known speakers. Lee Fisher, President and CEO of CEOs for Cities, will present the keynote entitled, “The Secret Sauce of the Creative City.”

Following Symposium tradition, a new graduate and undergraduate seminar was designed for Arts Policy and Administration students to familiarize themselves with ideas and information that will prepare them for meaningful engagement with Symposium speakers. The enriching cycle of research, practice and policy embodied in the 2016 Barnett Symposium is a hallmark of the Arts Policy and Administration Program at The Ohio State University. We are grateful for the participation of our noteworthy panelists, and for the support of our generous sponsors. It is an honor to have the opportunity to present this exciting forum in which students, scholars, and the community can explore and discuss critical management, policy, and planning issues facing creative cities today.