Poetics and Praxis of a City In Relation
An essay written for What We Want is Here.
Roberto Bedoya is the Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Oakland where he most recently shepherded the City's Cultural Plan, Belonging in Oakland: A Cultural Development Plan. Throughout his career he has consistently supported artists-centered cultural practices and advocated for expanded definitions of inclusion and belonging throughout his career. His essays U.S. Cultural Policy: Its Politics of Participation, Its Creative Potential and Creative Placemaking and the Politics of Belonging and Dis-Belonging reframed the discussion on cultural policy to shed light on exclusionary practices in cultural policy decision making. He is a Creative Placemaking Fellow at Arizona State University.