AICP 1 CM Approved

Speaker: Jun-Li Wang

Date & Time:
Wednesday April 27th 2016
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Location: City Council Chambers, Manitou Springs City Hall

Brown bag – feel free to bring your lunch and we’ll provide refreshments

Mobilizing Local Artists to Solve Challenges in Your Community

How can arts and artists enhance the work of a city? From engaging community members in planning to creating authentic and beautiful spaces, your local artists are an asset to creating a healthy and vibrant city. Jun-Li Wang, Artist Community Organizer from Springboard for the Arts, a national community and economic development organization, will introduce multiple strategies and practical mechanisms to tap into the creativity and problem-solving skills of artists to address opportunities and challenges in city infrastructure, transit, economic development and planning.

Jun-Li Wang, Artist Community Organizer, Springboard for the Arts

Jun-Li Wang is a connector of people, places and ideas. As Artist Community Organizer at Springboard for the Arts, she directs the Community Development Program that organizes and empowers artists, builds reciprocal relationships between communities and their artists, and trains artists to address community challenges and opportunities. Jun-Li has extensive experience in asset-based community development, neighborhood leadership, workshop curriculum design and implementation, and training. She created and led Irrigate, a nationally-recognized creative placemaking program designed to train and support local artists to address community challenges. In 2014 she launched Board Repair, a network organized by and for people of color to create a more effective non-profit sector by increasing participation of people of color on boards in the Twin Cities. More recently, Jun-Li received two Knight Foundation grants for Saint Paul Hello, an initiative to welcome and include newcomers more quickly into cool Minnesota. Jun-Li serves on the Saint Paul Planning Commission and Metropolitan Council Livable Communities Advisory Committee, and is active on the board of Urban Boatbuilders, a metro non-profit serving at-risk youth. Jun-Li holds a BA from Vassar College and MPS in International Development from Cornell University. When time permits, Jun-Li is a craft artist with guerilla art aspirations.

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