Adjunct Assistant Professor of Policy
Sherry Dobbin is the Director of Public Art for Times Square Arts, the public art program of the Times Square Alliance. Ms. Dobbin brings over 20 years international experience across performance and visual arts, and art in the public realm, where she has worked as producer, administrator, consultant and curator. Prior to Times Square, she was the Director of Robert Wilson's The Watermill Center and a Project Director of arts-led regeneration throughout London and Eastern UK. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK), and holds a Masters with Distinction from University of London, Birkbeck College in Cross-disciplinary Arts History and a BFA in Theater Studies from Boston University College of Fine Arts.
The Arts and Artist in Urban Revitalization
This seven-week course addresses the role of arts institutions, artists and public art in revitalizing cities, with an emphasis on comparative domestic and international examples of distinctive interventions and the larger lessons that can be drawn from them. We examine how the economic, geographic and social context shapes both art and its role with respect to public policy goals. Students will refine their ability to analyze existing projects and programs and plan creative interventions as tools for revitalizing cities. In the process, we will also examine and broaden the definition of public art. The class is appropriate for those interested in both public policy, planning and administration as well as arts-based practice and theory.