Maarten Jacobs: Engaged Scholarship and Creative Placemaking

Maarten Jacobs: Engaged Scholarship and Creative Placemaking

Maarten Jacobs: Engaged Scholarship and Creative Placemaking

Maarten Jacobs: Engaged Scholarship and Creative Placemaking

When:
March 31, 2015 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
2015-03-31T11:30:00-04:00
2015-03-31T12:30:00-04:00
Where:
Auditorium, Main Building
240 Pine Ridge Road
Buffalo, NY 14225
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Sandra Reicis
716-961-1843
Maarten Jacobs: Engaged Scholarship and Creative Placemaking @ Auditorium, Main Building | Buffalo | New York | United States

The Art Department at Villa Maria College is proud to host Maarten Jacobs, director of the Near Westside Initiative in Syracuse, NY, as a featured speaker in their art topics series this spring. Jacobs’ presentation titled “Engaged scholarship and creative placemaking: Forging unlikely coalitions to improve urban quality of life” will focus on the progress, challenges, and opportunities facing his organization in one of the poorest places in the United States.

Working with residents, rather than pushing a top-down agenda, the Near Westside Initiative works with the neighborhood to develop the SALT district, by combining the power of art, technology, and innovation to revitalize Syracuse’s Near Westside neighborhood. According to Jacobs, the revitalization efforts rely on guidance from and are driven by residents, while the process is fueled by interdisciplinary scholarship, with a focus on creative placemaking.

“Through this exciting community/university partnership, over 1,200 students and 75 faculty members have worked alongside community residents to combine the power of art, technology, and innovation with neighborhood values and culture to revitalize Syracuse’s Near Westside,” he wrote in a statement.

Over the past four years, Jacobs has worked diligently to ensure that the neighborhood residents of the Near Westside are actively engaged in the revitalization taking place in their neighborhood and ensuring that the community’s best interests are always represented. With a personal passion for the arts, he has pushed the Near Westside Initiative to be a truly place-based initiative with a focus on implementing creative placemaking as a fundamental strategy for economic and community development.

In addition to his work with the Near Westside Initiative, he teaches Community Economic Development at the Syracuse University School of Social Work. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology and a Master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Community Development and Social Action from the University of Maryland.

 

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