Dec 2, 2019
In this episode, KiKi interviews Philippa Hughes, a social sculptor, creative placemaker, and cultural strategist. Hughes designs art-fueled projects “connecting people who would not normally meet in meaningful, humanizing dialogue.”
Her current project, “Looking for America” is on tour and features discussions on what it means to be American.
Hmmm...might she have something intriguing to teach association executives who are charged with connecting people and providing a safe place for civil discourse?
Looking for America is a project in collaboration with New American Economy, American University School of Public Affairs, and CuriosityConnects.us. It is a new initiative exploring immigration and American identity in six dynamic communities across the United States through public art, storytelling, and dialogue.
In each community, Looking for America partners with local cultural institutions to curate art exhibitions featuring immigrant and U.S.-born artists who answer the question, “What does it mean to be American in your community?” Community members from different backgrounds and political identities are invited to engage with each exhibition and offer their own perspectives and stories over a shared meal.