New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA), in collaboration with Creative Santa Fe, Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission, will bring Mayor White to Santa Fe to discuss the impact of arts on economic development. Under his leadership, the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities has flourished and has proven to be an instrumental driving force in creating a vibrant downtown in Greenville.
Knox White has been mayor of Greenville, S.C. since 1995 with the goal of making Greenville the Most Beautiful and Livable City in America. Downtown Greenville is vibrant with people and activity 24/7, walkable, tree-lined streets and an abundance of retail shops, restaurants, public art and residential development. In the heart of the downtown is Falls Park, which features a 40-foot waterfall and pedestrian suspension bridge, where once a four-lane highway bridge stood. On the edge of the park is the 250 student South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. Knox White will share the story of his city’s successful redevelopment and the role the arts school has played in creating the award-winning downtown.
A discussion will follow with Santa Fe’s Mayor Javier Gonzales, moderated by founder of Fast Company Magazine Alan Webber.