Lotto Zone

Urban Investigations

Lotto Zone

Step Right Up

City Studies

Step Right Up

The Internet is Serious Business

Urban Investigations

The Internet is Serious Business

Pay Dirt

City Studies

Pay Dirt

From Cellblock to Your Block

Urban Investigations

From Cellblock to Your Block

The Fresh Producers

Urban Investigations

The Fresh Producers

Debut of Museumopolis

Debut of _Museumopolis_

What is the role of a museum today? A place for quiet contemplation? A giant fun house? A really artsy mall? Museums are wildly diverse in their sizes, annual operating budgets, missions, and their urban context.

This summer 15 public high school students from across the Hudson Valley participated in an Urban Investigation project in collaboration with CUP, the Dia Art Foundation, and teaching artist Katarzyna Balug. The group asked: "What is the role of a museum in a city?" 

To get answers, they interviewed directors, curators, and educators from art and historical museums as well as artists, academics, and cultural consultants to examine different ways a museum can impact a city. Through their research, museums were portrayed as temples for reflection, educational institutions, tourist magnets, and incubators for community activities.

Back in the classroom, the group prototyped museums for centuries from now: museums that lack walls, that are utopian, dystopian, carved from precious stones, or run by residents. These models form the bedrock of an illustrated booklet they created to teach others what they learned and present alternative museum futures. The book will be available for sale at the event and as a free download on the CUP and Dia websites.

On Saturday, October 5th at Dia:Chelsea students were joined in conversation by Yasmil Raymond, curator of Dia Art Foundation; Prerana Reddy, Director of Public Programs & Community Engagement for the Queens Museum; and Gonzalo Casals, former Director of Education and Public Programs at El Museo del Barrio, and discussed the students’ project and other innovative community-based models at museums.

This project is a collaboration of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), Dia Art Foundation, CUP teaching artist Katarzyna Balug, and selected students from Dutchess County. It is supported, in part, by the Dyson Foundation.

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Envisioning Development

What Is Zoning?

Swept Up

Urban Investigations

Swept Up

What Is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What Is Zoning?

Mean Streets

City Studies

Mean Streets

The Water Underground

Urban Investigations

The Water Underground

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Public Access Design

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ICEbreaker

City Studies

ICEbreaker

Figuring Out FEMA

Public Access Design

Figuring Out FEMA