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Access Restricted: Art, Money, & Politics

This event, entitled At the Intersection: Art, Money and Politics, was recorded April 11, 2012 at the Broad Street Ballroom of Léman Manhattan Preparatory School in the Wall Street area as part of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Access Restricted series.

The participants in this panel discussion were: Jan Cohen-Cruz, Randy Martin, Morgan Jenness , Rachel Chavkin and moderator Amy Whitaker.

This radio program is presented in three parts: panel presentations, topics selected by the audience, and a question and answer session.

The event took place at the intersection of Broad and Wall, where Federal Hall sits across from the New York Stock Exchange, which serves as a physical representation of the proximity of money and politics throughout the history of Lower Manhattan. The discussion explores the complicated and often fraught relationship between art, money and politics, the semiotics of dissent and how this is represented in the current moment.

Access Restricted is a series of public programs exploring the changing face of the city, produced by The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. For more on these programs visit These programs are produced for radio by agreement with the Clocktower Gallery and its radio station operating at

Dr. Jan Cohen-Cruz is a Professor at Syracuse University and director of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life. Cohen-Cruz wrote Engaging Performance: Theatre as Call and Response and Local Acts: Community-Based Performance in the U S and more. In this program you hear her discuss Augusto Boal’s "theatre of the oppressed" concepts.

Randy Martin is professor and chair of art and public policy and director of the graduate program in arts politics at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. He is the author of Performance as Political Act: The Embodied Self; Socialist Ensembles:Theater and State in Cuba and Nicaragua;

Morgan Jenness holds a position in the Literary Department at Abrams Artists Agency. She spent over a decade at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, with both Joseph Papp and George C. Wolfe, in various capacities ranging from literary manager to Director of Play Development to Associate Producer. She was also Associate Artistic Director at the New York Theater Workshop, and an Associate Director at the Los Angeles Theater Center in charge of new projects.

Rachel Chavkin teaches directing & performance at Playwrights Horizons Theater School within NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is an Obie Award-winning director, educator, and the founding Artistic Director of the TEAM, a New York-based collaborative ensemble whose mission is to create work that dissects and celebrates the experience of living in America today.

Amy Whitaker teaches and writes about the intersection of art, business, and everyday life. She is a member of the Art Business Faculty at the Sotheby's Institute and a writer-in-residence at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.


Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)


LMCC brings art where it’s least expected and engages the ideas of the moment by exploring the links between culture and capital. LMCC curates and commissions art installations, produces and presents performances, and champions the arts as a vital component in creating and maintaining a vibrant community in Manhattan. LMCC grant programs award over $500,000 annually to enable over 200 arts projects across all disciplines throughout Manhattan. Lower Manhattan Cultural Council remains at the forefront of Downtown’s creative sector, linking artists with new audiences and sustaining Manhattan’s vast and vibrant arts community. The Website for Lower Manhattan Cultural Council is We gratefully acknowledge the generous partnership with LMCC for providing with these programs for our listeners.