The Greenhouse Sessions #13
The Role of the Artist in Place-Making
In our continuing series on Creative Placemaking, we’ve invited a special overseas guest speaker, Janet Pillai to talk about the positioning and function of the artist in place-making projects and why creativity is becoming an important component in place-making.
A practitioner with decades of experience, she will share strategies for working with communities and will present three case studies. The discussion will revolve around intention, outcomes and challenges.
About the Speaker
Janet Pillai served as an associate professor at the Department of Performing Arts in University Sains Malaysia (until 2013) and founded Arts-ED (2007), a non-profit organisation in Penang which provides arts and culture education for young people.
Pillai is currently an independent researcher and resource person advocating for research and development of cultural sustainability. Her specialisation is in arts education, community-engaged arts, sociology of culture and creative pedagogy. Her ground work entails research, programming and managing community-engaged projects in partnership/ consultation with community, local agencies, artists and professionals.
Pillai has authored 3 books and numerous articles on arts and culture education and sustainability. She also contributes as expert resource person in organisations such as UNESCO Bangkok, APCIEU Korea, and GETTY Foundation.
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