Cities Learn Through Arts Discourse: Portland, Oregon as Case Study
Studies of urban planning generally focus on political and economic factors--the respective roles of government and business, planning and development commissions. This study looks instead at how discourse about the arts, adult education and public media stimulated new forms of engagement and arts consciousness that in turn generated a climate in which the visions of diverse sections of the population could be drawn into community dialogue about the shape, the look, and the feel of the urban environment. Focusing on the particular role played by an individual Film Consultant to the Portland Continuation Center and County Library the study shows how a passionate commitment to the art of film and the role of documentary as public discourse contributed to an informed model of urban growth.
Keywords: Urban Design, Art Education, Film, Documentary, Public Media
Dr. Brooke Jacobson
Adj. Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Portland State University