Last spring I was asked by Julie Voelker-Morris, co-editor of CultureWork, to write an article about my involvement as an artist in the redevelopment of North Park. After revisiting many conversations with Leslie Ryan, we co-authored, "Community Development in the Context of Art: North Park and the Citizen Artist".
From the CultureWork Editors:
"The Fall 2014 issue of CultureWork: A Periodic Broadside for Arts & Culture Workers focuses on the active engagement of citizen artists committed to a specific neighborhood in San Diego, California. How does one grow an arts organization while also growing and expanding an engaged local neighborhood through events, exhibits, and aesthetically pleasing experiences and surroundings as well as public cultural policy? How does one do this in a way that does not gentrify but that builds over years of commitment to a sense of place and people, embracing those who live and work there and who seek expression through dancing, gardening, policy making, and educational engagement? Learn more about the corner called Art Produce in the North Park, San Diego neighborhood in which authors Lynn Susholtz and Leslie Ryan have lived and worked for the past 20 years." - Julie Voelker-Morris and Robert Voelker-Morris