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About the event

Please join us for an evening of exploring how public art and public history can come together to create places for dialogue in support of activism in the contested city. A diverse panel of community activists, arts practitioners, and scholars, including Kemi Ilesanmi (Executive Director of The Laundromat Project) and Prithi Kanakamedala (Bronx Community College) will respond to Contested City: Art & Public History as Mediation at New York's Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, a new book by Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani. Contested City simultaneously reveals untold stories of fifty years of community activism in Manhattan's Lower East Side around the highly contested Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA)—and sheds light on the importance of collaborative creative public projects in this complex place. (See more context/information on SPURA and the book below).

The narrative of Contested City has bearing on the new mega-development of Essex Crossing now rising on the SPURA site, as well as the many places around our city in which housing is precarious and neighborhoods are threatened. This discussion is for everyone who seeks tools to make their neighborhood more just. There will be a book signing after the event.

Click here for more information about the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA) and the complex history behind this 50-year fight for affordable housing in Manhattan's Lower East Side in an interview with Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani WNYC's All of It.



Inside spread of Contested City.

Contested City book cover.