Reshaping Public Conversations on the Arts & Humanities
NY6 Summer Think Tank,
July 18 & 19, 2014 Ithaca, NY
On July 18th and the morning of the 19th, 2014, the NY6 Consortium hosted a Summer Think Tank titled “Reshaping Public Conversations on the Arts & Humanities.” The goal of this first ThinkTank was to reshape—rethink and rewrite—public conversations on the state of the arts and humanities in a relaxing and participatory environment and determine the direction of the Advocacy Proposal.
In this participatory environment 13 NY6 participants engaged with each others' ideas, brainstormed and reshaped arguments with the goal of writing a blog, an op-ed, a presentation, or a longer article for possible publication in traditional or non-traditional media outlets. Brainstorms centered on three topics, including:
In addition, the group brainstormed the development of an interactive network to include a series of interviews, short bios, and videos of current and former students to illuminate how the Arts and Humanities enhance student life experiences and careers.
Defining and Framing the Humanities Today
Feb. 10th, 2014, Union College
Union College hosted a half-day public forum on the arts and humanities titled “Defining and Framing the Humanities Today," this thought-provoking event addressed the need to converse, advocate and showcase the arts and humanities in upstate New York.
Keynote speaker was Alan Liu, director of 4humanities at the University of California and director of 4humanities, who gave a presentation on Values, Strategies, and Technologies for Humanities Advocacy in the Digital Age. He also lead a workshop discussion on “The Heart of the Matter” report, which was produced by the American Academy of Arts & Science’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences. The goal of the discussion was to outline the report’s structure, raise awareness to specific issues and proposals and discuss possible contributions.
Don’t Leave School Without It: Millennial Innovators Speak For the Role of the Arts & Humanities in the Transformation of Society
April 22nd, 2016, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
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Arts and Humanities: Don't Leave School Without Them. This is not the advice most-often heard among college students. We all know not to leave school without a plan, a skill-set, a career path, but without the Arts and Humanities? Why not? This half-day, interactive conference and workshop addresses this question, and explores the hidden, essential value of the Arts and Humanities to our contemporary society.
Several keynote speakers from diverse professional fields, as well as Student Fellows from the Mellon-funded, NY-based Arts and Humanities advocacy group, the NY6 Think Tank, offered compelling evidence of how the Arts and Humanities permeate our culture and are essential to the functioning of our society. Led by the amazing Jenny Gottstein from GoGame, participants engaged in interactive activities about the potentially surprising role of the arts and humanities in the way we live, work, and interact.