A Circus of Civic Creativity and Collective Action + a Dreamy Swimming Pool
Living up to its name, IDEAS City (the New Museum’s four-day conference dedicated to innovation in arts, culture, technology, and eco-sustainability), proved fertile ground for thought, both radical and local. Transforming New York's Lower East Side into a buzzing hub of conceptualization and collective action, hundreds of artists, entrepreneurs, creative innovators, and socially conscious visitors descended on the immediate radius of the Museum for four days of events.
While panels, discussions, and workshops were the bread and butter of the conference, during the day, the festival lined the streets of the Bowery with tents and booths housing information stations for a range of illustrious groups. Working on this year’s theme of “Untapped Capital,” participants were encouraged to either conceptualize or demonstrate ways in which they could actively shape their urban spaces.