Watch the videos from Parallel Fields: Building a Future for PlaNYC

On March 13th, A Blade of Grass hosted a conversation about the use of PlaNYC as an inspirational tool, and the work both planners and artists are doing to engage the citizens of New York in the infrastructure that surrounds them every day. Artist Mary Miss and lawyer John Osborn raised many critical issues about sustainability and communication. Watch the videos from the event below!

PlaNYC is a bold initiative that has the potential to make New York City one of the most environmentally conscious urban centers in the country. But how visible is this initiative to New Yorkers today? Mary Miss’ audacious project inspired by PlaNYC, City as Living Laboratory, Broadway 1,000 Steps, seeks to turn the entire Broadway corridor into a place where artists and citizens can collectively dream of a sustainable future. John Osborn has been an active participant in PlaNYC, and is working on demonstration projects and public policy initiatives that are incrementally realizing this sustainable future.

Parallel Fields puts an artist and a non-artist whose work is similar into direct conversation with a curious audience. By actively questioning the similarities and differences between the two panelists, audience members examine art as part of everyday life, explore the new roles artists are creating in society, and figure out what exactly artists can bring to the table as agents of social change.


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