The Festival of Ideas for the New City, May 4-8, 2011, is a major new collaborative initiative in New York involving scores of downtown organizations working together to harness the power of the creative community to imagine the future city and explore ideas that will shape it.

The festival’s three-day public conference featured speakers such as music giant David Byrne; architect Rem Koolhaas; Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter; and Jaron Lanier, author of You are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto.

At the StreetFest along the Bowery on May 7, thousands of attendees exchanged ideas about sustainability, art, housing, transportation, food-sourcing and using technology to support communities. See video footage and interviews from the StreetFest on the NYC ARTS Vimeo channel.

More than 100 independent projects and public events took place on the weekend of May 7 and 8, many of which are ongoing through May in galleries, theaters and public spaces on the Lower East Side and nearby.

NYC ARTS is a central point for information and documentation of the multifaceted Festival of Ideas for the New City. Resources of NYC ARTS include www.NYC-ARTS.org and:

The free NYC ARTS iPhone app. The official iPhone app of the festival delivers information about cultural events throughout the year. Search for events by category, location (neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs), organization name, or search events happening nearby you.

Broadcastr audio clips describing the Festival

Twitter.com/nycarts: see #IdeasNYC for festival-related tweets

NYC ARTS Vimeo channel: These NYC ARTS videos capture StreetFest participants Broacastr, Art in Odd Places, Abrons Arts Center and more.

Flickr: Alliance for the Arts: Photos from StreetFest of Festival of Ideas for the New City.