Highlights from the Bush Innovation Project Institute #1

Highlights from the Arts on Chicago – Bush Innovation Project Institute #1, April 17 – 18, 2015.

“Neighborhoods like people have to define themselves; you create a space for the neighborhood to tell it’s own story.”

“An artist is a twinkle in the eye. Magic allows people to enter in.”

“People know how to answer their need about how to feel connected.”

“As an immigrant, we don’t have belonging. We are in transition all the time. I have unpacked boxes in basement even after 20 years. How can we make a sense of belonging, an ownership of place, through art?”

“Energy equal mass of ideas.”

“How does a city speak? Not necessarily through the voices of all inhabitants. What is the language? Maybe not words, maybe it’s the music coming out of garage, a corner bar, a social club.”

“Isn’t the dream to be a museum without walls?”

“How does it happen without gatekeepers?”

“We need to remember that good stewards must also help drive resources to these communities.”

“Do you know how to sharpen an edge on a tool? A lot of Latino men who are not in the room do.”

“Everyone comes in to tell me their story. My job is to listen, and then figure out a story of self-interests into best interests. This constant listening, for the best path, is the work of a Deliberative Practitioner of Deliberative Democracy.”

“I’m just so happy to have the chance to meet other dreamers.”

“I want to invite whoever wants to come and build something, whatever u want to share…let’s start. I’ve got tools, time, and space…just come and build.”

“I have a dream of a community of houses built on trees.”

“The way capitalization and globalization work, we’re so damn nomadic, so translocal.”

“It’s important that we all fight together for equality.”

“Ultimately, this project is a rebirth of a heritage we don’t want to loose.”

“I feel so much community in this space right now, particularly people coming together around this really nebulous idea, and to see things beginning to come into fruition, it’s amazing.”

“I want to begin building yesterday, so I can move in tomorrow.”

“I’m glad to see how we intersect in so many ideas; artists are very individual, to see how we intersect, is pretty refreshing and incredible.”

“We want art on the streets, by the people who live there.”

“Creative place-making is much more than what manifests physically. You must first feel you belong.”

“Dis-belonging equals Gentrification.”

“We’re creating a container for the neighborhood to tell its own story to itself.”

“What about thinking about it not as ‘place-making,’ but ‘place-keeping’: stories, values, how do you bring that forward in a given market, to keep that memory alive; what do we have, what are our ‘assets’?”

“How can we open the space for all the different kinds of belongings?”

“I’m personally very interested in invented histories.”

“Sadly, the way things are built nowadays is for efficiency and standardization.”

“We are here today and we all share something important, though not necessarily language and history.”

“What’s with this ‘book’ anyway? Some of us are in this ‘book,’ and some of us are not in this ‘book.’”

“I want a baby that knows your babies.”

“Democracy is about creating ‘Negotiated Equivalences,’ so we can all co-exist. Your mosque is as good as my temple as my speakeasy.”

“I’m excited: I’m not sure what we’re doing!”

“I want my city to be so real, like Macondo, so real, intense, alive, magical.”

“I’m thinking about Belonging, through a kind of Becoming. This relationship is very important, when you’ve carried the feeling that you didn’t belong to America most of your life.”

“We are history in the reimagining.”