Shanai Matteson and Colin Kloecker of Minnesota-based Works Progress Studio—a network of creative collaborators that designs multi-disciplinary events, programs and exhibits—host an artist-to-artist interview with Kenneth Bailey, sector organizing and strategy lead for Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI), an organization in Boston, Mass., that develops public projects that reimagine the way complex social issues are addressed. Matteson, Kloecker, and Bailey grapple with questions unique to their work in civic engagement, social practice, and public art, questions such as: Do we need a field of our own? How do we navigate group processes? How is or isn’t social change the goal of some of our projects? And, are these new ways of working?

 

Audio by Works Progress and DS4SI, made possible through support from the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation.

Matteson introduces the concept of vibrancy indicators, or measurements that signal the vitality or livability of a community, in Vibrancy Indicators from issue 49 of Public Art Review.