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
KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
Contact: Becky Bartkowski