Ben Stone

Director of Arts & Culture
Smart Growth America
Washington, District of Columbia

Ben Stone is Director of Arts & Culture at Smart Growth America and its program Transportation for America. Ben leads the organization’s broad efforts to help communities better integrate arts, culture, and creative placemaking into neighborhood revitalization, equitable development, and transportation planning. As a frequent advisor and speaker, Ben assists planners, transportation professionals, artists, and elected officials on creative placemaking and community-engaged art. Previously, Ben served as Executive Director of Station North, where he employed an arts-based revitalization and placemaking strategy to guide development in the state-designated arts district in Baltimore. Under Ben’s leadership, Station North became a national model for creative placemaking and equitable development through the arts and innovative collaboration. Ben’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Esquire Magazine, USA Today, Google Cultural Institute, and more. Ben is a graduate of MIT, Tufts, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.