Artistic Approaches to Community Health

Friday, June 15, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The health and vibrancy of a community is directly tied to the health, vibrancy, and equity of its members. In this session, hear from artists, public health leaders, and arts leaders about arts approaches to promote equity and to further public health goals, community member engagement, and the role of artists and creative workers as change agents for community well-being.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand of effective techniques to build trust between arts and non-arts groups, as well as between artists and community members.
  2. Gain concrete tools and examples to evaluate and implement cross-sector partnerships related to community health.
  3. Map the various individuals and institutions that need to come together to promote equity and public health, as well as current challenges and strategies.




Karen Mack
Executive Director
LA Commons
Los Angeles, California

Karen Mack is founder and Executive Director of LA Commons, an organization dedicated to promoting Los Angeles' diverse neighborhoods through locally based, interactive, artistic and cultural programming.  LA Commons has implemented community art projects, tours and classes in communities throughout LA. Ms. Mack is a nationally recognized voice on the role of creativity in the empowerment of communities and is asked to speak regularly on this topic.  Prior to work with LA Commons, she served as a Public Service Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where she researched the role of culture in community building.  She holds an MPA from Harvard University and an MBA from the John Anderson School of Management at UCLA.  She is a past president of the board of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative and of the City’s Board of Neighborhood Commissioners.

Scape Martinez
Director of Programs
East Palo Alto, California

Scape is an artist and educator whose personal work includes abstract expressionism and graffiti art. Scape is also responsible for a number of public art projects, incorporating traditional mural making techniques, elements of Graffiti Art, and digital imaging. His published writings include four highly acclaimed Graffiti Art books, the first instructional Graffiti books of their kind. Scape is committed to the principles of creative placemaking, and enjoys engaging community members in public pieces that are co-designed and co-created. As a long time advocate for art education for young adults, Scape is committed to working with youth of all backgrounds to help them explore their sense of identity and voice through art.

Ann Marie Miller
Director of Advocacy & Public Policy
ArtPride New Jersey
Burlington, New Jersey

Ann Marie Miller is Director of Advocacy & Public Policy for the ArtPride NJ Foundation and served as its Executive Director for 20 years. Prior to joining ArtPride, Ann Marie was Director of Development at McCarter Theatre, a Tony-award winning regional theatre and performing arts center, and Grants Coordinator at the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  Ann Marie is Vice Chair of Arts Ed New Jersey and Chair of the Hightstown Cultural Arts Commission in her hometown.  A recipient of the 2015 Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award from Americans for the Arts, Ann Marie is a graduate of Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia with a B.S. in Art Education.