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Placemaking, Placekeeping and Ethnography: Placing Culture in the Public Realm

Join Gregory Jenkins and the BSA Placemaking Network on March 25 at 6pm for his review of the work he accomplishes as an arts administrator working in Somerville. Looking through an ethnographic lens to shape cultural work in the public realm, we’ll discuss cultural context in the community and cross sector programming that informs the work of the Somerville Arts Council. The Council’s mission is “to cultivate and celebrate the creative expressions of the Somerville community. Through innovative collaborations and quality programming we work to make the arts an integral part of life reflective of our diverse city.” Somerville’s Street Art Project was featured on WBUR as one of “10 Public Art Installations to see” in 2018.

Since 2001, Gregory Jenkins has been the Executive Director of the Somerville Arts Council. His professional experience includes arts education, public folklore and community based programming. Since 2005 he has spearheaded cultural economic development initiatives within Somerville. Jenkins holds a BA in Anthropology and an MA in Folklore.

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