Dynamic cities have always produced vibrancy, but it doesn’t just happen. According to author Blair Ruble, it takes a plan built on a vision of community, diversity, and inclusion. And a primary vehicle for such plans is the performing arts. In his latest book, “Performing Community,” Ruble provides insight into the theoretical with real life examples from places like Washington, DC and Detroit, providing lessons for the cities of the future through an exploration of past and present. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.

Blair A. Ruble is currently Vice President for Programs at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and Director of the Center’s Urban Sustainability Laboratory.  He also is Senior Advisor to the Center’s Kennan Institute.  Previously, he served as the Director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies (1989-2012) as well as of the Center’s Comparative Urban Studies Program (1992-2014), and was Director of the its Program on Global Sustainability and Resilience (2012-2014).  A native of New York, Dr. Ruble worked previously at the Social Science Research Council in New York City, as well as at the National Council for Soviet and East European Research in Washington.

John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.