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Two prestigious members of ArtPlace’s operations committee – Dennis Scholl, vice president of art for the Knight Foundation, and Darren Walker, vice president of education, creativity and free expression at the Ford Foundation – joined author Richard Florida and chairman of the NEA Rocco Landesman for a discussion at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival.

The panel was titled “Making Cities Sing” – which Darren Walker wanted to clarify from the start.

“First, I think it is important to recognize that cities throughout time have sang. So the fact that we’re talking about how to make cities sing – cities have organically, authentically sang without intervention from the Ford Foundation. What we are now thinking about is, ‘How do we channel and support the local authentic leadership… I don’t want us to misinterpret or to give the impression that there is a top-down way for cities to sing. I think our role is to help lift up those voices of citizens who have great ideas but need policies or infrastructure to support those ideas.”

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