Reimagining the Civic

This Saturday, as the centerpiece of the Here, There, and Elsewhere festival, SFMOMA is hosting a daylong symposium, on- and offline, on the subject Creating the Periphery. What and where is a “periphery” in contemporary art? When does a single city contain elements of activity that feel both center AND periphery? Aaron Levy, the executive director of Slought, will be here for Saturday’s morning session on “Locating the Periphery”; this slideshow describes the way Slought’s activities engage communities on a broad scale with a minimum of $$.

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A profound breakdown in trust between publics and institutions is one of the defining hallmarks of our time. Cultural organizations can respond to this crisis by acting as mediating agencies and imaginatively bridging and building interfaces across divided constituencies. In making public this graphic analysis of our internal thinking process at Slought, we offer suggestions as to how small and large organizations alike can respond to this challenge.

In our activities at Slought, we continually reflect on and draw insight from the variety of economies employed in our communities, ranging from the formal to the informal. We also foreground conversation and consensus as methodologies of engagement, as well as collaboration and partnership across cultural, intellectual, and advocacy-based communities. These strategies have enabled us and our collaborators to survive and flourish over these past 10 years, despite the socio-political tenor of many of our projects and a severe lack of access to capital.


Developed by Aaron Levy, Ken Saylor, Teddy Cruz, Megan Schmidgal, Mimi Cheng, Jeannine Cook, Emily Hill, Milap Dixit, Amy Hillier, Kyshaun Parker, Dwaine Ross, and Barrett Doherty.

Special thanks: Suzanne Stein, SFMOMA.


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