Theaster Gates: How to revive a neighbourhood: with imagination, beauty and art
A really interesting and engaging talk by Theaster Gates about how he transformed neighbourhoods in his home of South Chicago. It is hugely inspiring to see the outcomes of his vast project and hear his bold end-goal idea.
“At every point, there were things I didn’t know that I needed to learn”
I was reminded that we can have huge goals and sometimes see them as so far out of reach that we stop moving towards them. By breaking our goals into small, manageable steps, we can get there.
“How to start with what you got”
He truly embraces the concept of rebirth. He has the ability to see what others may see as a negative as potential for great change and works to transform and renew.
Theaster Gates, a potter by training and a social activist by calling, wanted to do something about the sorry state of his neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. So he did, transforming abandoned buildings to create community hubs that connect and inspire those who still live there (and draw in those who don’t). In this passionate talk, Gates describes his efforts to build a “miniature Versailles” in Chicago, and he shares his fervent belief that culture can be a catalyst for social transformation in any city, anywhere.