NEWS & EVENTS

#NewportHaiku

On Monday, June 20th visiting catalyst Jake Dunagan, PhD, delivered his lecture The Future as Cognitive Prosthetic to a full house at Rosecliff Mansion. During the lecture, Jake asked the audience to craft haikus at two different intervals as a means to creatively express our thoughts about the future twenty-years from now– the first prompt focused on the personal, the second prompt focused on the community. Posted below are the haikus that were generated from audience participants.

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Howard Newman’s opening remarks from Mayor’s Office, 2061 launch

Howard Newman is a Newport-based scholar and artist who represented the Historic Spring Leadership Committee at Catalyzing Newport’s launch of the Mayor’s Office, 2061 on Saturday, June 18, 2016. The committee raised the funds to purchase the site of the gas station for public enjoyment. Howard’s thoughtful remarks are posted below. 

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In the News: Forward Thinking

Catalyzing Newport would like to thank reporter Sean Flynn at the Newport Daily News for his wonderful article about our initiative and upcoming events for Jake Dunagan’s residency June 16 – 21 in Newport. Readers can access the direct link to the article here.

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IMPACT AREAS

URBAN GROWTH & ECONOMY

URBAN GROWTH & ECONOMY

Preserving identity and heritage with economic sustainability and growth. A local, regional, and national cross-sector dialogue that places Newport as a demonstration site for historical urban landscape management.

DIGITAL CULTURE

DIGITAL CULTURE

Sustaining and growing cultural communities in a hyper-connected world. An examination of how data in our collections is preserved, stewarded, shared, used, and potentially monetized.

CULTURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

CULTURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Leveraging the best cultural practitioners and innovators to explore how the cultural sector can use entrepreneurial approaches to support and help transform communities and to produce new models of economic and social impact.

DIVERSITY & PROSPERITY

DIVERSITY & PROSPERITY

Providing opportunities for work, prosperity, and a richness of material culture and ideas across a diverse and changing population. Activating Newport’s history as a place of tolerance and opportunity to investigate how diversity can support prosperity.

THE CATALYSTS

PETER SENGE

PETER SENGE

MAY 27-28, 2015

Peter M. Senge is a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also founding chair of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL), a global community of corporations, researchers, and consultants dedicated to the "interdependent development of people and their institutions."

Tom Scheinfeldt

Tom Scheinfeldt

JUNE 8 - 12, 2015

Tom Scheinfeldt is an Associate Professor and Director of Digital Humanities in the Digital Media Center at the University of Connecticut. Scheinfeldt brings more than a decade of leadership in digital humanities research and management.

Carol Coletta

Carol Coletta

JULY 27 - 31, 2015

Carol Coletta is Vice President of Community and National Initiatives at the Knight Foundation and a national expert on cities, creative communities, and civic innovation. Coletta has written and spoken extensively on the future of cities, including how communities develop, attract, and retain talent.

Paul Light

Paul Light

NOVEMBER 18 - 20, 2015

Paul Light is NYU Wagner's Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service and founding principal investigator of the Global Center for Public Service. His research includes the non-profit sector, social entrepreneurship, and public services.

Jennifer Novak-Leonard

Jennifer Novak-Leonard

MARCH 14 - 17, 2016

Jennifer Novak-Leonard specializes in evolving measurement systems to understand arts and cultural participation, and the public and private benefits of those experiences. Her work lies at the nexus between research, policy and practice.

Jake Dunagan

Jake Dunagan

JUNE 2016

Jake Dunagan is managing director and global foresight lead for verynice.co and research affiliate at the Institute for the Future, a California-based think tank that helps organizations plan for the long-term future.

Estevan Rael-Gálvez

Estevan Rael-Gálvez

FALL 2016

Estevan Rael-Gálvez is an accomplished strategist, writer and speaker, who works with communities and organizations to elevate core stories, leverage the power of place, and center transformational and experiential engagement.

Helen Marriage

Helen Marriage

date TBD

Helen Marriage is co-founder of London-based, Artichoke—a creative company that works with artists to invade public spaces with extraordinary and ambitious events that live in the memory forever.

ABOUT

A collaborative initiative with a Steering Committee of local and statewide humanities organizations facilitated by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and supported by the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, Catalyzing Newport utilizes a visiting scholars program that draws on extensive experience, national and international networks, and the creative excellence of established experts (known as “catalysts”) to engage local communities in meaningful exchanges. Over the next three years (starting in 2014), visiting catalysts will travel to Newport to apply their expertise during five-day residencies—which include Public Programs and intensive work with Local Action Teams—to address local and national challenges related to the Impact Areas outlined above. Catalyzing Newport offers a new vision for the city’s cultural sector, one that puts our renowned historical organizations, leaders, and cultural assets at the forefront of community conversations about Newport’s development and prosperity. Together, we will imagine a Newport whose future is rich in culture, civic life, and economic opportunities.

PROJECT GOALS

The goals of the Catalyzing Newport project are to:

1) provide meaningful access to Newport and Rhode Island history for broader audiences

2) innovate by leveraging the cultural sector’s assets, reputation, and partnerships toward a greater shared community vision

3) establish a global model for cultural and historical organizations to contribute to new economies locally, nationally, and internationally

4) strengthen the ability of Newport’s cultural sector to diversify its revenue streams and attract greater resources

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Public programming during catalyst residencies will engage diverse audiences from across Rhode Island through lectures, exhibits, classroom talks, Town Hall forums, and historical tours. These programs are intended to identify new resources and ideas, and to generate collaboration and imaginative solutions for the pressing issues facing Newport’s cultural sector and its community-at-large.

LOCAL ACTION TEAMS

During each Catalyst residency, a team of local experts will provide:

1) knowledge to deepen the Catalyst’s understanding of Newport history and its vital historical resources

2) context to quickly absorb Newport’s unique challenges and opportunities

3) collaboration to leverage momentum and create measurable outcomes (e.g., publications, products, exhibits, grants, etc.) to share with the community

SEED FUNDING

Seed funds will be available to Local Action Teams to execute projects brainstormed as part of the Visiting Catalyst’s residence.

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GET INVOLVED

Catalyzing Newport needs you! This initiative provides the structure and space for community leaders, like you, to strategize new ideas and solutions with national experts. Your support will help launch unique collaborative initiatives, bring renowned visionaries to Newport, and help us imagine a revitalized historic working city—one that is prosperous and resilient well into the future.

ATTEND A PUBLIC PROGRAM

Lectures, exhibits, classroom talks, Town Hall forums, and historical tours related to each Catalyst residency will be announced on the News & Events page of this site. Please join us!

SPONSOR A CATALYST

Are you excited by Catalyzing Newport’s roster of visiting catalysts? Would you like to support this program? Well, you can! Please contact us if you would like to support national experts coming to Newport.

SPONSOR SEED FUNDING

Select ideas generated during catalyst residencies will be given $2000 to move forward to the next stage. Your donation for seed funds will help support new ideas and projects to get off the ground. Contact us if you would be interested in supporting one of these local initiatives.

SUGGEST A CATALYST

Would you like to suggest a catalyst? Do you know an expert with deep expertise in one of our Impact Areas who would be a worthy and willing participant? We would love to hear from you.