CODAsummit: Experience

Placemaking Art + Economic Development

April 6 – 8, 2022

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, Florida


Wednesday, April 6

1:00 – 4:00 pm

Registration and Check-In

Stop by the lobby of the NSU Art Museum to check-in and pick up your badge and event materials. Then take some time to explore the exhibitions and connect with other attendees. Click here to see the upcoming museum schedule.

5:30 – 7:00 pm

Opening Night Reception

Held at the rooftop Sparrow Terrace at the Dalmar Hotel.

Thursday, April 7

All presentations take place at the NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale

9:00 – 9:15 am

Welcome Remarks

  • Bonnie Clearwater, Director of the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

9:15 – 10:00 am

Opening Keynote Address: The Economic Power of the Imagination

The co-founder of Meow Wolf speaks to how innovation, outside-the-box thinking, and courageously stepping into the unknown, transformed the idea of a start-up experience into a powerhouse art company that drives economic growth.

  • Vince Kadlubek, co-founder and former CEO, Meow Wolf

10:00 – 10:15 am

Open Networking

10:15 – 11:15 am

Panel: The Reimagined City

Visionary professionals provide perspectives on the role that artists and other creatives can play in helping us reimagine our cities and communities.

  • Moderator: Mikhail Mansion, Chief Creative Technology Officer at Fairgrounds
  • Kerry Adams-Hapner, Assistant Director of Economic Development & Cultural Affairs, San Jose
  • Peter Fink, Creative Director, Studio Fink
  • Alexandre Lemieux, Co-Founder and Director of Development, Creos
  • Jeri Muoio, former Mayor, West Palm Beach

11:15 – 11:45 am

The Startup Event

The journey from concept to launch of the IGNITE Festival, with lessons learned along the way.
  • Phil Dunlap, Director, Broward County Cultural Division

11:45 pm – 1:00 pm

Opening Lunch

Sponsored by Iregular

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Panel: Marketing the Experience

Seasoned marketing professionals discuss the secrets of communicating the magic of experiences.
  • Moderator: Gilbert Guaring, Global Head of Marketing, Sustainability and Engagement, UAP
  • Olee Fowler, Marketing Manager for Superblue Miami
  • Tarley Jordan, Director of Marketing and Communications, ESI Design
  • Joe O’Connell, Founder and Artistic Director, Creative Machines
  • Katya Vinnikova, Founder, Art of Development

2:00 – 3:00 pm

The Abbreviated Case Study

30-minute case studies presented by one or two people on experiential artworks that drive economic growth, tourism, urban revitalization, etc. Case studies include festivals, iconic sculptures or installations, civic renovations, and new developments that increased property values. 

2:00-2:30  |  Canal Convergence:  Community Engagement and Economic Impact

    • Kim Boganey, Public Art Director, Scottsdale Arts

2:30-3:00  |  Buffalo Bayou Partnership Cistern – Houston’s Underground Destination for Public Art

    • Karen Farber, Vice President of External Affairs, Buffalo Bayou Partnership


3:00 – 3:15 pm

Open Networking

3:15 – 4:15 pm

The Abbreviated Case Study, continued

3:15-3:45  |  The Shoreline Project – How Communities of Any Size Can Drive Civic Engagement Through Experiential Art

    • Elizabeth Turk, Artist/Artistic Vision for ET Projects

3:45-4:15   LUMINEX: Stepping into Economic Revitalization with Art

    • Carmen Zella, Founder and Director, NOW Art


4:15 – 4:45 pm

AT&T Discovery District - How a Business Can Benefit from Experiential Placemaking

  • Barry Hand, Principal, Gensler

4:45 – 5:00 pm

Presented by Panasonic

  • Joe Conover, Strategic Manager, Live Events Group, Panasonic System Solutions Company

5:30 – 7:00 pm

Networking Cocktail Party

Held in FATVillage, Fort Lauderdale’s creative arts district that includes local creative businesses as well as food, beverage and lots of ART! Brought to you by Broward County Cultural Division, with an interactive experience by new media art studio Iregular, with equipment provided by Panasonic. 

7:00 – 11:00 pm

CODAworx: The Art of Projection - Presented by Panasonic

View the projection artwork on two sides of the NSU Art Museum, presented by Panasonic, after dark.  This one-night only viewing demonstrates the power of digital art to bring architecture to life in a downtown urban space.

Rain by Magdalena Fernández at the Houston Cistern, Submitted by Buffalo Bayou Partnership

Friday, April 8

All presentations take place at the NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale

8:45 – 9:00 am

Opening Remarks

9:00 – 9:45 am

Creative Presentations

15-minute presentations by creatives who work in augmented reality, video projections, digital mapping, data visualization, sound…all to help communities create experiences that make a difference

9:00am: Creating Memory Through Sound, Sight, and Feel - MF Dynamics 

9:15am: Incredible Things - UAP

9:30am: Manifesting Magnificence: Elevating Environments with Public Art - Gizmo

9:45 – 10:15 am

Resource Area: Meet the Creatives

Held at the Museum Breezeway

10:15 – 11:00 am

Creative Presentations — Continued

10:15am: Expanding Practice: Collective Memory and Expression in Public Space - Masary Studios

10:30am: Transforming Placemaking with Augmented Reality - Novaby

10:45am: Public Art as a Path to Civic Rejuvenation - Building 180


11:00 – 11:30 am

Closing Keynote Address: Making Creative Placemaking the True Reflection of a City's Social Fabric

  • Pierre Gervois, Documentary Film Producer, Travel and Art magazines Publisher, Crypto-artist


Leave for Superblue

Transportation will be provided to and from Superblue, located at 1101 NW 23rd St, Miami. Click here to learn more. 

12:30 pm

Closing Lunch

1:15 – 2:30 pm

VIP Tour of Superblue

Sponsored by Panasonic

Return transportation to the NSU Art Museum will be provided 

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