Workshops, Talks, Film Screening, Town Hall Conversation & Open Mike/Poetry Slam Featured

The Eighth Annual Day of Community, entitled Comfort and Crisis: Art’s Publics and sponsored by the Center for Art and Public Policy at the Tisch School of the Arts, will explore the ways in which art can create a critically engaged audience and incorporate the national mood whether it be as a shared sentiment or as a sea of countercurrents. The featured event will be a Poetry Slam and Open Mike, hosted by Bob Holman of the Bowery Poetry Club.

How do artists appraise their own sense of what the public is? By what means do they access a public and render it responsive to their work? What gives artistic endeavor public resonance? What makes people care about certain art forms at certain times? These questions and others will be discussed throughout the day. Workshop leaders include: Liz Swados, composer, author, and director; Karen Finley, performer, author, playwright, and director; and Regie Cabico, poet, activist, and standup comic.

Comfort and Crisis: Art’s Publics will be held Friday, October 14 at several locations on campus and will feature, in addition to the Poetry Slam and Open Mike, talks, workshops, film screening, and a town hall conversation with Mary Schmidt Campbell, dean of the Tisch School of the Arts, vice provost for the arts at NYU and chair of the Department of Art and Public Policy. The events are free and open to the public but workshops may have limited space. For workshop schedule and details of the day, or to register, please call 212.998.1805; or visit

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