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Urbanism and culture collide at the New Museum’s IdeasCity festival

Artists and activists will gather on the Lower East Side to discuss the future of cities, and the role culture plays

Since its inception in 2011, the New Museum’s IdeasCity—an event that mashes up a conference, hands-on workshops, and street festival—has brought artists and other creative types to cities across the country to discuss, well, cities. It started in New York, but has since traveled to Detroit and Athens, Greece.

As explained by the museum, the event is intended to “explore the future of cities with art and culture as a driving force,” and for its latest New York festival—happening tomorrow on the Lower East Side—that’ll include a bevy of lectures, walking tours, and other programming.

Among the highlights are a panel discussion featuring several North American mayors (including Atlanta’s Kasim Reed and Vancouver’s Gregor Robertson); presentations on topics like affordable housing, cooperative real estate, and community-building; walking tours that focus on the black experience in New York City; discussions on the future and food and New York’s DIY spaces; poetry slams; and much more.

Participants include arts organizations like A/D/O, Joe’s Pub, Rhizome, The Architectural League, and Cooper Union, and the whole thing will be capped off with a keynote presentation by the musician/artist/cyclist/modern-day Renaissance man David Byrne.

The theme of the event—“100 Actions for the Future City”—is a clue to the ultimate goal; the topics discussed are meant to provoke ideas about what the future of cities can (and maybe should) look like. If that sounds like it’s up your alley, the whole thing kicks off in Sara D. Roosevelt Park at 10 a.m. tomorrow; a full schedule of events can be found here.

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