Designing Arts Experiences with the Impact Echo in Mind

Saturday, June 16, 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

As arts organizations continue to move into the realm of resident engagement in neighborhoods, there are lessons for leaders on designing art engagements that reverberate after the event to move residents to action. At the workshop, you will hear from artists and producers about their experience co-designing art with the community and whether they succeeded in creating art that lead to positive change or policy outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore a human-centric approach to art and equitable development.
  2. Come away with tools for how to engage artists and communities in envisioning and moving the future of their communities forward in an equitable way.
  3. Understand more deeply how participants can use an arts strategy to ignite a discussion that will lead to positive change and policy outcomes, after the art intervention ends.



Shannon Daut
Manager of Cultural Affairs
City of Santa Monica
Santa Monica, California

Shannon leads the Cultural Affairs Division for the City of Santa Monica, where she works to integrate the arts into all aspects of life in the community. She was previously the Executive Director of the Alaska State Council on the Arts. While there, she re-imagined and re-invigorated the leadership role of the agency in state policy, from tourism and economic development to education and Alaska Native cultural advancement. Prior to moving to Alaska, Daut was Deputy Director of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), where she oversaw the organization's work in the areas of cultural policy and technology. Daut has served on the boards of the National Performance Network/Visual Arts Network, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and WESTAF. Daut received her bachelor's degree in Communication Arts/Film from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her graduate degree in Communication/Rhetoric from the University of Colorado-Denver.

Margy Waller
Senior Fellow
Topos Partnership
Cincinnati, Ohio

Margy Waller is founder and Serendipity Director for Art on the Streets, senior fellow at Topos Partnership, and was a leader in the transformation of ArtsWave, an arts advocacy and support non-profit. She is an advisor on national initiatives to Americans for the Arts, LISC, and ArtPlace. 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 at the Progressive Policy Institute, Director of Public Policy at United Way of America, and Director of Policy Development at Public/Private Ventures in Philadelphia. She comments on arts and strategic communications on twitter: @margyartgrrl. Margy holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from Northwestern University and a J.D. from The Ohio State University.