The Creative Underclass: Youth, Race, and the Gentrifying City - Book Talk with Tyler Denmead

March 13, 2021


The Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance (CSLP) and the Department of Art Education are pleased to present The Creative Underclass: Youth, Race, and the Gentrifying City, a book Talk and Q+A with Tyler Denmead, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, and Director of Studies in Education, Queens’ College.

In this talk, Denmead critically examines his paradoxical role as the founder of an American-based arts studio for youth. Based on nearly twenty years of educational leadership and fieldwork, this auto-ethnographic account shows how some young people credited the studio with providing transformative educational experiences, while, at the same time, acting as a gentrifying force in their neighbourhoods. He will show how the creative underclass is useful in understanding this paradox, as well as how young people’s creative disobedience troubles racist logics at the heart of creative-led urban renewal. As such, the concept of the creative underclass makes us better equipped to engage directly with, and potentially transform, racial and economic inequities in the city.

Where: Online (via Zoom)

When: Wednesday, March 24th from 5-7 PM

Register for this free online event.

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