Art-Force Incorporated is a non-profit tax-exempt 501c3 organization that stimulates and diversifies socio-economic development in rural and distressed neighborhoods. As civic curators, we revitalize and transform communities through physical and artistic investment. We ally artists, designers, and creative thinkers with entrepreneurs, small businesses, educational institutions, and local agencies in cross-current partnerships to solve problems, push boundaries, and tangibly acknowledge the power of creativity.
An Art-Force consultant, Janet Kagan’s, will be visiting us here in High Point. The Southwest Renewal Foundation and its partners hope to attract a broad diversity of artists, designers, civic leaders, members of the arts, market authority, community organizations and neighborhood associations who represent a cross section of High Point’s core city population to participate in a series of presentations, discussions, and dialogues on the potential of public art for High Point’s core city revitalization and future economic development. Through shared collaborations and discussions during the week of February 6-10, we hope to imagine a series of public art projects for High Point to build upon our City’s existing efforts and those in the southwest quadrant, gain a better understanding of the role public art can play in urban revitalization, especially in economically depressed core city areas, and express better visually High Point’s key role as a center for design.
Monday, February 6th:
Arrival, check-in, and tour of core city High Point, visiting with local community leaders in each of the four quadrants like Patrick Harman of the Hayden-Harman Foundation and Tammy McDowell at 512 Collective when in the NE quadrant on Washington Street.
Afternoon meeting with Greg Demko and presentation to City Council.
Dinner with partners of the High Point Core City Public Art Project.
Tuesday, February 7th:
Luncheon Lecture Presentation at the String and Splinter 11:30 -1 p.m. (Open to the Public) titled “Aligning Art: Redefining Place.”
Contemporary Book Club, String and Splinter; 2-3:30 p.m.
Afternoon meetings with artists and civic leaders, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Arrival of Art-Force associate to join Kagan for two days, 5 p.m.
Chamber of Commerce “After Hours” at Pandora’s Manor 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 8th:
Meeting with Mid Week Garden Club at Pandora’s Manor , 10-11:30 a.m.
Lunch with Theatre Art Galleries Board, 12- 1 p.m.
Thursday, February 9th:
HP CVB Viva Le Art! And Community Relations Committees, Chamber of Commerce Paneled Board Room 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Presentation to designers and design students attending Unity in Design, mid-morning
Southwest Renewal Foundation Board Meeting with interested parties, artists, and guests, noon.
Departure of the Art-Force Associate in late afternoon with exit interview
Meeting and Discussion with the Southside Neighborhood Association at Southside Recreation Center 6-6:30 p.m.
Town Hall Discussion on the Arts in High Point at the HP Arts Council Centennial Station , 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Open to the Public), area artists and all interested in the arts
Friday, February 10th:
Breakfast wrap-up with SWRF board and local participants including business leaders, check out, and Exit Interview Luncheon