February 8, 2012 – Segment 1

Yes, art can be beautiful.  And yes, it can brighten communities.  But can it radically transform how we relate to each other, our neighborhoods, and our economic system?  Our guest today, artist and cultural planner Theaster Gates, thinks so.  He restores abandoned buildings in poor, urban neighborhoods in an effort to transform them into cultural spaces and focal points for community engagement.
Theaster Gates will be speaking at 7pm this evening at Falvey Hall on MICA’s campus.