Our topic this week is urban innovation but on two very different subjects.

In his forthcoming book, Engaging Art: The Next Great Transformation of America’s Cultural Life, Steven Tepper calls on urban and arts leaders to make sweeping changes in the way they build cultural vitality for our cities. Steven advocates a shift from art consumption to art making, a move he believes can dramatically change cities. Steven is associate director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy and assistant professor in the department of sociology at Vanderbilt.

And we’ll talk to Michael Rempel, an innovator in our court system, particularly when it comes to dealing with drugs and domestic violence. Michael is currently working on a national study of specialized domestic violence courts and a multi-site evaluation testing the impact of adult drug courts across the country. He is co-editor of Documenting Results: Research on Problem-Solving Justice.

Smart City is a syndicated, weekly hour-long public radio talk show that takes an in-depth look at urban life: the people, places, ideas and trends that affect us all. Host Carol Coletta talks with national and international public policy experts, economists, business leaders, artists, developers, planners and others on the pulse of city life for a penetrating discussion on urban issues.

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