Photo by Anthony Elder

In Conversation: Gentrification and Globalization

Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor

How do artists and activists use creative tactics to address the needs of their communities? This conversation brings together project and thought leaders in a discussion that seeks to empower artists, organizers, and community members to confront issues of gentrification and globalization. It will serve as research for, a five-year artist residency project in a neighborhood in the center of São Paulo.

The participants in this conversation will include:

  • Sarah Schulman, author of The Gentrification of The Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination and Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at The City University of New York, College of Staten Island.
  • Mitty Owens, whose twenty-five-year-career includes working for the Ford Foundation and the Brooklyn-based FUREE (Families United for Racial and Economic Equality), and a WK Kellogg fellowship exploring the intersection of arts and activism.
  • Paula Z. Segal, Founding Director of 596 Acres and founding member of the New York City Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild Street Law Team.
  • Risë Wilson, Founder of The Laundromat Project and Program Director for Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), a ten-year initiative created to strengthen the support structure for artists as a workforce.
  • Todd Lester, Executive Director of the Global Arts Corps, founder of freeDimensional, and creator of
We invite you to join an informal book club reading Sarah Schulman's The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination, with its final meeting occurring on Wednesday, January 9. For more information on the book club, email

As space is limited, advance ticket purchase for Museum admission and entrance to the program is recommended via Museum Members receive free admission to Thursday Evening programs; please call the Membership Hotline at (718) 501-6326 for reservations.

The Brooklyn Museum stays open every Thursday until 10 p.m., allowing visitors to linger later in the galleries and enjoy exciting evening programs.