Outside In: Integrating and Capturing the Edge and Excitement of Street Art

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 2 - 3pm

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'We Own the Future' by Shepard Fairey. Image courtesy of L.I.S.A Project NYC

'We Own the Future' by Shepard Fairey. Image courtesy of L.I.S.A Project NYC

A free, public discussion presented as part of NYCxDESIGN. See also the free, public discussions happening all day Friday, May 15

Outside In: Integrating and Capturing the Edge and Excitement of Street Art

Is street art an efficient way to bring cultural assets to a neighborhood that didn’t have any?

Street art is the voice of the public meant to be heard by the public. Like architecture, it can make hard urban environments more aesthetically pleasing, inspiring and meaningful.

An informed and expert panel discusses how interiors and exteriors of residential and public spaces are enhanced and activated by mural art. Through case studies, they explore the positive impact and revitalization that neighborhoods in Lower Manhattan are experiencing.

Leading the talk is L.I.S.A. Project NYC, a charity public art program founded in historic Little Italy that brings events and diverse artists to Lower Manhattan, creating a mural district downtown.

Following this panel discussion, an interactive Street Art Competition will be held at Alamo Plaza at Astor Place and Fourth Avenue at 3:30pm on Saturday May 16 and at 3:00pm on Sunday May 17.

Everyone loves to watch art in the making. Come to cheer on your favorite artists!

Wayne Rada, Founder, L.I.S.A. Project NYC and Lower Manhattan Arts Festival (LoMan Art Fest)
Ron English, Master Artist, Godfather of Street Art
Carlo McCormick, Senior Editor, Paper Magazine, and author
Sean Corcoran, Curator, Museum of the City of New York, and author
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Artist, named Forbes Magazine 2015 ‘30 under 30’

RJ Rushmore, Editor-in-Chief, Vandalog; Curator, LMNL Gallery; and Social Media and Marketing Manager, City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program; contemporary and street art critic and fan.

Sponsored By: L.I.S.A Project, The Cooper Union, Shaw & Co. Productions

Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.