Margy Waller on Framing the Arts as Essential to Recovery

Thursday, June 25, 2020
3:30 p.m. EDT

About this Session

The arts and artists are getting us through this once-in-a-lifetime crisis—they’re addressing trauma, they’re driving innovation, they’re keeping us busy and interested and sane. In this talk, Margy Waller explores how we can best make sure that people understand the essentiality of the artist—and are there to celebrate and defend creative workers when they need it most. 

Learning Objectives
  • Explore how we can best make sure that people understand the essential nature of the artist.
  • Hear about campaigns to center artists and creativity in the process of recovery in communities.
  • Gain techniques to celebrate and defend creative workers.

Margy Waller, Topos Partnership

This session is a part of the 2020 Annual Convention and Public Art & Civic Design Conference

Margy Waller

Senior Fellow, Topos Partnership

Margy Waller is an advocate for building community through the arts. She is a Senior Fellow at Topos Partnership (a national strategic communications organization), founder and Serendipity Director of Art on the Streets, and was a leader in the transformation of ArtsWave, an arts advocacy and support non-profit. She is an advisor to national organizations like Americans for the Arts, PolicyLink, and LISC, currently serving as field coordinator for four leading creative placemaking organizations, ArtPlace, Kresge Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Arizona State University. 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 White House. Before joining the Administration, Margy was Senior Fellow for Social Policy and Director of the Working Families Project at the Progressive Policy Institute. She also served as Director of Public Policy at United Way of America, and Director of Policy Development at Public/Private Ventures in Philadelphia, and a congressional fellow in the office of U.S. Representative Eric Fingerhut (D-OH). Margy holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from Northwestern University and a J.D. from The Ohio State University. She comments on arts, place, and community at @margyartgrrl and her ArtsJournal blog, The Bright Ride.

Twitter: @margyartgrrl


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Margy Waller on Framing the Arts as Essential to Recovery
Live event: 06/25/2020 at 3:30 PM (EDT) You must register to access.