Brettany Shannon
Brettany Shannon

Brettany Shannon, MPL, is a doctoral student in urban planning and development at the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. Her work delves into how artistic interventions in the city, particularly those articulating media arts and digital technologies, can foster community engagement and social justice. She believes media arts hold promise in that they engage with such planning phenomena as identity, participation, process, "time-place," or the nature and characteristics of a specific place at a particular time, and uphold context as a decisive factor in all. But just as we extol the virtues of the information age, she argues planners must not forget those on the other side of the digital divide, and so shape participatory processes accordingly. To that end, she studies community planning, the cultural economy, cultural landscapes, digital media, media arts, public space, the public realm, and comparative urbanism. She has undergraduate degrees in sociology and psychology from Vanderbilt University, which she used in her years as an arts fundraiser prior to returning to academia.

Recent Articles
Blurry by Design: Public Matters on Social Enterprise
Blurry by Design: Public Matters on Social Enterprise
Public Matters encourages productive outcomes from the meeting of two sets of otherwise contrary institutional logics: that of the market and of the social movement.
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Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

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Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

icon, Cultural Politics discipline

Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

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Film & Media Arts

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icon, Literature discipline


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Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

icon, Music discipline


A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

icon, Performance discipline


Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

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Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.

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