Public Art at the Intersection of Gentrification and Resistance

Friday, June 14, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

In the face of economic gentrification, public art and artists are frequently vulnerable to displacement. Featuring artists, community organizers, and administrators, this session explores how public art is coming under attack and how its stewards are responding and also using public art as a tool of community agency and resistence.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discover recent case studies in which public art has been a victim of gentrification, and how communities have responded.
  2. Explore how public art can be a mechanism for resistance and community history.
  3. Discuss how public art can survive and thrive, while avoiding becoming part of gentrification itself.


Tracie Hall
The Joyce Foundation
Chicago, Illinois

Prior to her appointment as Director of the Joyce Foundation’s Culture Program, Tracie D. Hall served as Deputy Commissioner of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events where she oversaw the Arts and Creative Industries Division.Hall has also served as Vice President of Strategy and Organizational Development at Queens Library in New York City; at Boeing Company’s Global Corporate Citizenship Division where she worked as Community Investment Strategist and later as Chicago Community Investor; as Assistant Dean of Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science; as Director of the Office for Diversity at the American Library Association; as visiting professor at Catholic, Southern Connecticut State, and Wesleyan Universities and in non-profit and public sector posts across the country.A recipient of various awards and residencies for her writing, creative and community work, Hall holds degrees from the University of California, Yale University and the University of Washington. She is Founding Curator of experimental arts space, Rootwork Gallery, and makes time to serve on various non-profit boards and committees.