Whether or not you want to admit it, youve likely heard Taio Cruzs radio hit Dynamite. Its bumped in clubs, amped up athletes, and soundtracked its share of road trips. Its even influenced high art.
The Herberger Institutes public practice coordinator, Elizabeth Johnson, counts it as one of her favorites. In fact, when planning this weeks Light It Up 2011 conference, she used one of the songs lyrics (light it up like its dynamite) to name the event.
I was like, Thats it! Johnson says. The conferences aim is to illuminate public practice; to light a fire underneath it.
The three-day event focuses on public practice (sometimes referred to as participatory art), in which artists work with their communities to creatively address civic issues.
Showcasing examples of exceptional public practice, the conference includes an appearance from artist Rick Lowe, whos known for transforming rundown Houston homes into art spaces, as well as presentations from Arizona artists.