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The public face of the Department of Art and Public Policy is the Center for Art and Public Policy. One of the goals of the center is to raise issues critical to the arts within the Tisch School of the Arts and for the general public. Each year the Center hosts a Day of Community Symposium on social issues of vital concern to the artists and scholars in our community and to the public at large. Recent symposia have examined the complex relationships between patriotism and dissent, art and democracy, censorship in the arts, including keynote addresses delivered by Alfredo Jaar, Edwidge Danticat, Deborah Willis, Jacques Servin.

In October, 2015 award winning poet Claudia Rankine, author of “Citizen” will address the Freshman class.

Sept. 26,27, 28, The Center, with Anna Deaveare Smith’s Institute on Art and Civic Dialogue, and Tisch’s Institute for Performing Arts, will co sponsor the NOW African Playrights Festival.

The intention of the Center for Art and Public Policy is to serve as a gathering place for critical dialogue, performance, experimentation and intersection between art, imagination, cultural, public policy and public life. Recently the Center’s sponsored activities have included a Panel on Cultural Equity and Policy in New York City, co sponsored Culture Shift with the Tisch Creative Research Initiative, and the US Dept of Art and Culture.