The History of Arts-Based Community Development

Saturday, June 17, 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Join Maryo Gard Ewell, the major historian of the local arts movement, for an interactive exploration of how the movement was founded, what the initial impulses were, and where we go from here.

This session addresses issues of advocacy, community development, equity/diversity/inclusion, leadership, public value, and research.

This session is part of the Celebrating Optimism sessions.


Maryo Gard Ewell
Field Historian
Editor, To Change the Face & Heart of America
Gunnison, Colorado
Maryo Gard Ewell worked for more than 20 years in arts administration, in Connecticut, Illinois and Colorado; her special field during most of that time was the symbiotic relationship between arts programs and community development. Since her retirement in 2003 from the Colorado Council on the Arts, she has worked as a consultant, conference organizer and speaker in community-and-arts development, in Idaho, South Dakota, Georgia, Ohio, Arkansas and her birth-state of Wisconsin, as well as in Colorado.