The 2008 Grantmakers in the Arts conference in Atlanta brought together some of today’s most important and innovative artists, funders, educators, curators, and activists to explore “new territories, new strategies, new tools, and new forms of philanthropy”, according to Lisa Cremin, Conference Chair and Director of the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund.
Lynne introduced keynote speaker Bruce W. Ferguson: curator, author, former Dean at Columbia University, Executive Director of the New York Academy of Art, and now Director of Future Arts Research at Arizona State University. F.A.R. “supports artists whose ‘action research’ generates new forms of knowledge, and focuses on new technologies, desert aesthetics, and issues of justice and human rights.”
“For the more than twenty years that I have known and admired Bruce, he has been a pioneer in bringing artists into powerful new collaborations and contexts,” Lynne said. “He engages the arts to create community, to transform people’s lives, and to break through false barriers; reconnecting us to one another and to the culture of our time.”