Lunch Talk: “Institution-Building with Art and Artists at the Core”

John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage
, Lecture Room

Join Nico Wheadon—writer, professor of art, and Executive Director of NXTHVN—as she discusses the role of art and artists in building and sustaining culturally-specific institutions. With a focus on creative and cultural entrepreneurship as a vehicle for delivering social impact, Wheadon will articulate the entrepreneurial skill set unique to artists; unpack how these skills both drive and at times endanger community development; and center creativity as a language accessible to all yet uniquely operationalized by artists in making our social institutions more equitable and inclusive.

Nico Wheadon ’06 is the Executive Director at NXTHVN (New Haven, CT). Wheadon is an adjunct assistant professor of Art History and Africana Studies at Barnard College and is the former director of public programs at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Read this article in the NYT to find out NXTHVN and you can find Wheadon’s personal website here. NXTHVN is a multi-disciplinary arts incubator.