Community Lab: How to Build Public Creative Spaces

Growing diverse, inclusive creative spaces is equal parts planned and unexpected. Jenna Li and Dr. Brandy McNeil from The New York Public Library’s Education Team share the deliberate design that went into planning and building NYPL’s flagship public media center & recording space in Midtown Manhattan– and the surprises and pivots along the way. In this candid conversation, we’ll share practical build considerations; talk shop for staffing, teambuilding, funding, and partnerships; and leave attendees with a scalable blueprint for building out their own creative communities.

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Jenna Li

The New York Public Library

Brandy Mcneil

The New York Public Library