Big City Forum is a project designed to push forth a creative cities agenda and help foster dialogue around sustainable creative communities. It seeks to link up the intersections, relationships, and shared interests between urban planning, economic development, education, architecture, art and design, cultural exchange, and community activism. Furthermore it hopes to help foster the idea of mapping creative spaces and places in which these conversations can take place.
After the birth of my daughter, Sadie Paloma, I was seeking a more open and flexible platform from which maintain a creative practice and engagement with a community of peers. Something as informal as a monthly conversation group, yet with a sense of purpose that still fed my curiosity about the world outside of dishes, feedings, diapers, story time, and colic. The main question for me was how to transition away from a traditional studio painting practice into something more fluid, less tangible, but that can still provide the connective tissue and foundation that the studio had always been for me. The great thing about organizing and curating events is that I can easily store this activity into a very compact inner shelf that can be unfolded as the time provides.