Getting Hands-On to Connect People through Art

Friday, June 16, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

After the events of 2016, it’s time to delve deeper into how the arts can connect people in changing places. At this workshop, you’ll hear from people who use pop-up public art to build community and create new senses of place. Then you will plan your own experiment, test it out in Union Square and come back to share your video and reactions to your pop-up art intervention.

This session addresses issues of advocacy, capacity, community development, equity/diversity/inclusion, engagement, evaluation, and research.

This session is part of the Celebrating Optimism sessions.


Shannon Daut
Cultural Affairs Manager
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 serves on the board of the National Performance Network/Visual Arts Network and has also served on the boards of 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.
Christy NaMee Eriksen
Trustee / Artist
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council
Juneau, Alaska

Christy NaMee Eriksen is an award-winning artist, teaching artist, and activist whose work is grounded in social justice and community engagement. NaMee has shared stages with Patricia Smith, Beau Sia, Bao Phi, and her / her work has appeared in such places as The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, The Roundhouse in London, Angry Asian Man, and the "Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines" anthology. She is grateful to have been mentored by community organizers and spoken word poets who work at the nexus of art, culture, and activism. NaMee has been honored to receive the Mayor's Award for Artist of the Year, two Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Awards, and the Loft Immersion Fellowship. She co-founded the grassroots spoken word org Woosh KinaadeiyĆ­, leads workshops for youth and adults, serves on the JAHC Board of Trustees, and runs a post office / gathering space in Juneau called Kindred Post.

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.