Urban Ghosts: The Future Of Artists, Place and Displacement in The American City

UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored by Berkeley Arts + Design, Arts Research Center, David Brower Center, Art Practical


Fantastic Negrito, Musician
Roberto Bedoya, Cultural Affairs Manager, City of Oakland
Jeff Chang, Stanford Institute for Diversity in the Arts
Moy Eng, Executive Director, Community Arts Stabilization Trust
Walter Hood, Founder, Hood Design and Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Urban Design, UC Berkeley

Moderated by Shannon Jackson, Associate Vice Chancellor for the Arts + Design, UC Berkeley.

Traditionally, artists have flocked to the cities, turning them into engines of creativity. But after Ghost Ship and under a new Trump presidency, what are the prospects for artists and culture in the American city? Is the era of maker culture and place-making giving way to an era of intensified displacement? How might artists, educational institutions, government institution, the non-profit sector, and creative companies respond to the new conditions? What strategies might we use to preserve affordability, diversity, and creativity?