Meeting Archive:
Training programs for artist and civic/transportation collaboration

Meeting Description:
Join us for the third webinar in our series exploring the role of arts and culture in transportation planning and community development. In this session we will discuss training programs that prepare artists to work directly with civic, municipal and transportation professionals.
While artists have become increasingly integrated into civic problem-solving, artists and other professionals working in the community development and transportation spheres do not necessarily speak the same language, answer to the same stakeholders, or work within the same timelines. With the proliferation of new programs integrating arts and culture into community development — like municipally sponsored artist-in-residence programs — artists and cultural producers need to be trained to work with government agencies and community members, and to inhabit interdisciplinary roles that extend beyond the traditional duties of an artist. 
Recognizing this need, several organizations across the country--including the Regional Arts Commission Community Arts Training Institute in St. Louis, Intermedia Arts' Creative Community Leadership Institute in Minneapolis, Nashville Metro Arts Commission’s Learning Lab, Creative Capital’s Community Engagement Workshop, and the Center for Performance and Civic Projects--have launched programs to train artists and cultural workers to facilitate smoother collaborations and better projects.
Register to join us on Thursday, March 23rd 2:30pm to 3:30pm EDT for our online discussion about civic arts training programs and hear from experts who have trained, taught or worked alongside alumni.
Date: Thu, Mar 23, 2017
Time: 02:30 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Transportation for America
 Presenter Information
Caroline Vincent, Director of Public Art, Metro Nashville Arts Commission
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Caroline Vincent is the Director of Public Art for the Metro Nashville Arts Commission (Metro Arts) in Nashville, Tennessee. In this role, she leads the city’s public art program, supervises multiple monumental and neighborhood-based public art projects and administers the Percent for Art Fund. She has overseen the installation of more than 40 permanent public artworks since joining Metro Arts in 2011. In 2016, she led the development and implementation of Learning Lab, an artist development and training program that focuses on community listening and conflict resolution skill, as well as project management basics. She recently guided a new city-wide Public Art Community Investment Plan, the first Public Art plan for the city and the first of its kind nationally that focuses on Public Art as a tool for neighborhood transformation, community workforce development and equitable practices.



Michael Rohd, Director, Center for Performance and Civic Practice
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Michael Rohd is founding artistic director of Sojourn Theatre. In 2015, he received an Otto Rene Castillo award for Political Theater and The Robert Gard Foundation Award for Excellence. He recently accepted a Professorship at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design & Art and is author of the widely translated book Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue. He leads the Center for Performance and Civic Practice and was the 2013-2016 Doris Duke Artist-in-Residence at Looking glass Theater Company in Chicago. Recent/Current projects include leading a two year Sojourn Artist-in-Residence collaboration with Catholic Charities USA poverty reduction sites around the US; collaborations with Steppenwolf Theater, Bush Foundation, Lincoln Center, Singapore Drama Educators Association and Americans for the Arts; and, Learning Labs, through which he is currently collaborating with arts councils and municipal agencies at the State and Local level around the US.  

Mallory Nezam, Arts & Culture Outreach Associate, Transportation for America
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Mallory Nezam is a social practice artist, community organizer, and Transportation for America’s Arts & Culture Outreach Associate. At T4A, she supports capacity building through creative civic engagement around transportation challenges. She has been involved arts and cultural production with diverse organizations, including Creative TimeThe LabThe Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. Nezam is the Founding Director of St. Louis’ urban performance collective, STL Improv Anywhere, and numerous public art projects that grapple with engagement around the racial and social dynamics of cities, including Building as BodyMirror Casket, #ChalkedUnarmed and Citizen Artist STL