Creative Placemaking: a Focus on Equity

February 7, 2018 5:30 AM
Lobo Rainforest Building - 101 Broadway Blvd NE

Urban ABQ, with UNM Creative Placemaking for Activism seminar,
and UNM Innovation Academy, presents

Margy Waller: 
The National Picture of Creative Placemaking:
a Focus on Equity

After Margy’s presentation, stay for small group discussions and brainstorming about how these concepts might be applied or adapted in Albuquerque! 

Margy Waller is an advocate for creating community through the arts. She is a Senior Fellow at Topos Partnership (a national strategic communications organization), founder and Serendipity Director of Art on the Streets, and was a leader in the transformation of ArtsWave, an arts advocacy and support non-profit. 

She is an advisor on national initiatives to national organizations like Americans for the Arts and LISC, recently accepting the role of field coordinator for the partnership of four leading creative placemaking organizations, ArtPlace, Kresge Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Arizona State University. Previously she was Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, with a joint appointment in the Economic Studies and Metropolitan Policy programs. 

Prior to Brookings, she was Senior Advisor on domestic policy in the Clinton-Gore White House. Before joining the Administration, Margy was Senior Fellow for Social Policy and Director of the Working Families Project at the Progressive Policy Institute. She also served as Director of Public Policy at United Way of America, and Director of Policy Development at Public/Private Ventures in Philadelphia, and a congressional fellow in the office of U.S. Representative Eric Fingerhut (D-OH). 

Margy was named one of the nation's 25 most "powerful and influential" nonprofit arts leaders, Top Ten Tweeter by SoapboxMedia, and Rising Civic Star by Cincy Magazine. She is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences and workshops, presenting research findings for communicating to build broad support for policy goals and producing creative placemaking initiatives. She's appeared in and on numerous media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Daily News, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, CNN, and Fox News. She comments on arts, place, and community development at @margyartgrrl.

Margy holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from Northwestern University and a J.D. from The Ohio State University.

This is a free event, reserve your spot here.