Creative thinkers. If done properly... if cities are really committed to change, if creative types are knowledgeable and not confined to lil boxes of controlled thinking this could work. Artist types did not work during Ferguson because they were not creative thinkers or problem solvers, were easily gassed, didn't ask questions and lacked knowledge of politics & social movements. They had no idea how they were being used against the movement. That's why they were selected.
Artists as ‘Creative Problem-Solvers’ at City Agencies
Four artists will embed with city agencies to tackle social issues as part of the Public Artists in Residence program that began in 2015.