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Whether or not you want to admit it, you’ve likely heard Taio Cruz’s radio hit “Dynamite.” It’s bumped in clubs, amped up athletes, and soundtracked its share of road trips. It’s even influenced high art.

Erm. Sort of.

The Herberger Institute’s public practice coordinator, Elizabeth Johnson, counts it as one of her favorites. In fact, when planning this week’s Light It Up 2011 conference, she used one of the song’s lyrics (“light it up like it’s dynamite”) to name the event.

“I was like, ‘That’s it!’” Johnson says. “The conference’s 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, who’s known for transforming rundown Houston homes into art spaces, as well as presentations from Arizona artists.

Thu., Oct. 27; Fri., Oct. 28; Sat., Oct. 29, 2011


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