The Honorable Julián Castro
Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
As three-term mayor of San Antonio, Julián Castro was known for innovative governance. His “Decade of Downtown” program campaigned for new investments in San Antonio’s city center and older communities and brought in $350 million of private sector money, generating more than 2,400 housing units. In 2010, Castro was enrolled in the World Economic Forum’s list of Young Global Leaders and named by Time magazine as one of its “40 under 40” list of notable leaders in American politics. At the 2012 Democratic National Convention, he became the first Latino to deliver a keynote. Castro took office as the sixteenth Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development on July 28, 2014.
The second day of the Festival will animate a basilica and a gym with dance battles, poetry slams, urban-design pitches, sound and video environments, hot-air balloons, games, and mobile art spaces. It’ll be a whirlwind of engagement and provocation that illuminates the invisible forces in our cities. RSVP to attend IDEAS CITY Keynote. Purchase a ticket to attend the A Performative Conference in Nine Acts.
About IDEAS CITY
IDEAS CITY is a major collaborative initiative between hundreds of arts, education, and civic organizations centered on the belief that culture is fundamentally vital to urban growth and innovation. This keynote address will anchor three days of conferences, debates, performances, activities on the street, and artistic interventions that will transform the Bowery neighborhood in downtown Manhattan into a multi-platform incubator that will examine urban issues, propose solutions, and seed concrete actions. The Festival will take place May 28–30, 2015, and this year’s theme—The Invisible City—will explore questions of transparency and surveillance, citizenship and representation, expression and suppression, and the enduring quest for visibility.