Advancing Places: Art as a Tool for Healing

Overview: The past year and a half has been filled with extraordinary challenges brought on by a global pandemic. Join this session and learn from two 2021 Pinnacle Award Winning projects on how BIDs can participate in social, cultural and political moments by bringing in the arts community.  This pandemic has changed the relationship between people and public space, and new partnerships have developed over time.  Be part of the conversation to discuss how we continue to nurture these new collaborations moving forward.  

Messages for the City and Street Show Artists Unite for Justice are 2021 Pinnacle Award Winners. 

June 11, 2021 | 11:15am ET (8:15am PT) 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how to work with artists. 
  • Learn the importance of working with property owners in activating public space. 
  • Identify how we should be thinking about artists differently. 

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Domain: Marketing, Communications and Events

Pricing: IDA Members: Free | Nonmembers: $40

Advancing Places is an online series aimed at empowering IDA members with the solutions needed to address the most critical urban issues of the day. This session will include a moderated Q&A and will be recorded for member and nonmember use in the future.


  • Jean Cooney, Director, Arts & Culture, Times Square Alliance (New York, NY)
  • Lisa Middag, Director of Nicollet Activation, Minneapolis Downtown Council and Minneapolis DID (Minneapolis, MN)


  • David Downey, President & CEO,  International Downtown Association

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