Artist-Municipal Partnerships: Inspirations, Impacts, and Common Issues (AMP)

Thursday, June 13, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Within and beyond the field of public art, artists and municipalities are working together in focused partnerships to stimulate innovative thinking and practices for more effective, inclusive, and responsive government. This session provides grounding and overview as well as presentations by partners involved in different models and approaches from across the country.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand why and how artists and municipal entities are partnering to advance internal and external agency, systems, and city-wide goals
  2. Learn ways to structure artist-municipal partnerships and programs to support desired goals and the artist’s work inside the agency and out in the community
  3. Gain insights and inspiration about the benefits / impacts of partnership for both municipalities and artists


Pauline Kanako Kamiyama
Deputy Director of Civic Art
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Los Angeles, California

Pauline Kanako Kamiyama is Deputy Director of Civic Art for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. She is responsible for planning, developing and implementing what is becoming one of the largest public art programs in the country, with over 40 active projects. She is manages the Creative Strategist Initiative that embeds artists in County Departments as part of the Arts Commission’s Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative. The Civic Art Program, which began in 2005, allocates 1% of county capital projects for public art. The Deputy Director of Civic Art develops and articulates a broad vision for the program and oversees a team of project managers.

Ms. Kamiyama has 20 years of experience in the arts and culture sector, primarily in civic and community based institutions.  Ms. Kamiyama is a strong advocate for community engagement with innovative problem solving and collaborative strategies. She has a particular interest in creative placekeeping that brings artists, residents, business owners, civic and community stakeholders together to assess and build upon the unique physical and social character of a place through creative activities. She has worked on community development initiatives around issues of homelessness, cultural diversity and equity and health and sustainability.

Nicole Crutchfield
Planning Director
City of Fargo, North Dakota
Fargo, North Dakota

Nicole Crutchfield is a licensed landscape architect and city planner, serving as Planning Director for the City of Fargo since early 2018.  She has been working at the City of Fargo since 2007.  Prior to moving to Fargo, she worked for the City of Round Rock, Texas and previous to that was employed in architecture and planning companies providing consultation to mid-size cities throughout the Midwest. Beginning in 2010, she co-managed the Fargo Project with ecological artist, Jackie Brookner.  The Fargo Project is a Creative Placemaking project, and is supported by awards from the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant, ArtPlace America and Kresge Foundation.  Crutchfield has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University, and Master of Science in Natural Resource Management from North Dakota State University.  She and The Fargo Project team continue to seek innovative practices for integrating the lessons learned from The Fargo Project's framework into everyday practice at the City of Fargo.

Marty Pottenger
Founder/Director of Art At Work, performance artist and director

Marty Pottenger, theater artist, playwright, and social practitioner. Her plays have toured USA and Europe since 1975.  She is the founder of Art At Work (2007), a national initiative that increases cities’ resilience through strategic art projects. Her plays include #PhillySavesEarth (climate change/history/time travel/personal tragedies/2016/ Painted Bride); ABUNDANCE: America & Money (interviews with 30 multi-millionaires & 30 minimum wage-workers/2004/ NYC, Philadelphia, Seattle, Burlington, Houston, Providence, Chicago); City Water Tunnel #3 (Obie-award, story of the building of NYC’s water tunne/1998/Judith Anderson NYC + ICA, London); Radio Calls (with police officers after fatal shooting/2010/Portland ME); home land security (intimate & societal impacts of 9/11 performed by Portland’s Mayor, Fire Chief, Sudanese Refugee, NAACP President, Mi’kmag Tribal member/ 2006 / Portland ME); All The Way Home (performances by veterans – Iraq & Afghanistan – battling PTS/2016/Portland ME). A MacDowell Colony Fellow, she is the creator, playwright and Executive Producer of ‘MAINEUSA’ an intimate epic performance to fight climate destruction with the history of Maine from the Ice Age till now. Her TEDx talk is at Pottenger is grateful for the longtime support of Animating Democracy for its leading role in energizing creativity’s catalytic power in tackling the critical issues of the day.