PX: The Power of Place Forum

Yesterday, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy held an amazing forum to discuss ideas surrounding the proposed Presidio Exchange, The PX: Power of Place.  A couple of us were luck enough to catch the forum, which compiled some exceptionally impressive individuals, with some innovative methods of engaging the public through cultural institutions. The panel assembled the following people:

Danya Sherman, Director of Public Programs & Education
Friends of the High Line, New York City

Sarah Jesse, Vice President for Education
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles

Sheetal Prajapati, Associate Educator
MoMA, New York City

Lacey Capps, Director of Special Programs
Millennium Park, Chicago

Lucas Cowan, Senior Curator
Millennium Park, Chicago

Kirsten Reoch, Senior Project Director and Historian
 Park Avenue Armory, New York City

Sarah Schultz, Curator of Public Practice
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

All of this was fantastically moderated my Priya Parker, who engaged not only the participants, but the audience in the discussion. Everyone engaged to draw from these separate institutions, programs and operations in order to push forward the definition of the PX proposal for the next round of presentations.

The ideas brought forth in this session in undoubtedly affect our efforts and work here at sA, and I’m sure we’ll be referencing different notions that were put forth in this forum in the next few days.

For those of you who have not been following the discussion so far, the Presidio Trust called for proposals back in November of 2012. They asked for a cultural institute to be developed in the former Commissary site on Crissy Field. Three finalist proposals will be presented in further depth on September 16, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy has put together a compelling proposal that they have entitled the Presidio Exchange.

More information on the proposal can be found in these locations:

https://www.facebook.com/PresidioExchange

http://www.parksconservancy.org/park-improvements/current-projects/san-francisco/proposed-presidio-exchange.html

http://www.presidio.gov/about/Documents/6_GGNPC.pdf

http://www.presidio.gov/about/Pages/commissary-the-presidio-exchange.aspx