Attracting families to Baltimore

As Baltimore’s mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is getting attention for basically dealing with Baltimore (avoiding the state governor’s demand for ‘more arrests’ and urging the large un-insured population to sign up for Obama care), I am reminded of an essay I wrote as an application for an internship with the Baltimore Mayor’s office… How Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake can attract 10,000 families to Baltimore in 10 years Biddle Street, Baltimore (c) 2013 Miriam Fathalla The population decline ... {read more}

Re-examining the Resources of Detroit: The fate of a city’s art and culture

I wrote the following as part of an application for the 2013 Createquity Writing fellowship I was lucky enough to be invited to apply for.  I applied because Createquity Writing Fellowship would give me the critical direction I need to continue to tighten my writing skills, improve my access to leading work on the cusp of community engagement, civic participation and public art and offer me a degree of recognition as a writer and proponent of good public arts and development policies. More importantly than all of this, the Fellowship ... {read more}

Considering Chen’s “Lessons for Creative Cities from Burning Man: How organizations can sustain and disseminate a creative context”

Katherine Chen’s 2011 piece, Lessons for Creative Cities from Burning Man: How Organizations Can Sustain and Disseminate a Creative Context, provides examples of how the unique organizational structure of Burning Man (and its subsequent community) can be applied to enhance the creativity and connectivity of permanent locales. A multi-year study, rich with experiential research, over 80 interviews and immersed in peer literature, Lessons is a strong and credible piece. Chen’s work is well-placed amidst urban affairs and organizational ... {read more}

This one night at Burning Man: Brian Doherty, Larry Harvey and Michael Mikel walk into a theater..

Burning Man poster by Simon DelaPlaya After a false start with a wallet of Canadian currency and without my VIP contact, I returned to the San Francisco theatre, Z Space the night of July 23 to attend Burning Man –an evening of conversation between Larry Harvey, Michael Mikel and Brian Doherty. My thwarted early entrance was auspicious. Turning the corner to the venue for a second time, I immediately sighted Brian Doherty, casually leaning on the San Francisco theatre’s walking ramp railing. Working my way into the revolving group ... {read more}

Photo Essay: FIGMENT Chicago

Whitney Grant, FIGMENT JXN with her additionto the “Rock Poetry” FIGMENT Chicago project Last weekend a merry mess of amazing artists, neighbors, families, friends, ex-lovers and people gathered at Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory for the first ever FIGMENT Chicago. As the producer of FIGMENT Geelong and a former Chicago resident, I went along to celebrate this awesome and beautiful convergence. FIGMENT is a participatory arts event like no other – devoid of money or corporate sponsorship, FIGMENT is free and ... {read more}
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