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Anne Gadwa Nicodemus, Principal

As a researcher, writer, speaker, and advocate, Anne Gadwa Nicodemus tells stories through narratives and numbers. Her favorite muse is creative placemaking.  She’s fascinated by all kinds of places—their form, their people, their change. A choreographer/arts administrator turned urban planner, Nicodemus is a leading voice in the intersection of arts and community development.

Nicodemus co-authored Creative Placemaking, the report for the Mayors’ Institute of City Design (2010) that defined the field. Her journal article “Fuzzy Vibrancy” (Cultural Trends, 2013) and forthcoming book, The Creative Placemakers’ Playbook, look more deeply at creative placemaking as cultural policy and its ethics and practical challenges.

Nicodemus has also contributed to the intersection of arts, culture, and community development through other works. Her How Art Spaces Matter reports (for Artspace Projects, 2010 and 2011) reveal the benefits of art spaces to artists’ careers and communities, including anchoring arts districts, expanding arts access, and boosts to safety, livability, tax rolls and property values. Nicodemus and Ann Marksuen’s “Arts and Culture in Urban and Regional Planning: A Review and Research Agenda” (Journal of Planning and Education Research, 2010) was the most downloaded of that journal’s articles in 2009 and 2010. They also recently contributed a chapter to Creative Communities: Art Works in Economic Development (Brookings Institution Press, 2013). Nicodemus’ short writings have also appeared in publications including Grantmakers in the Arts: Reader, and Minnesota Public Radio News.

Nicodemus speaks widely on creative placemaking and artist spaces, giving frequent talks at universities and professional conferences nationwide, and as far-flung as Macau, China and Ontario. She was recognized as one of the nation’s fifty most influential people in the nonprofit arts in 2012 and 2013.

Nicodemus holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a B.A. in dance and biology from Oberlin College.

Nicodemus grew up in suburban Connecticut; went to college surrounded by the cornfields of Ohio; and lived, danced, and worked in New York City and Minneapolis for years. Her family hails from central Long Island’s north shore, where she grew up spending summers on one of its last remaining farms. Recently, she’s laid down roots in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. She lives in Easton, PA with her partner Julia Frances Nicodemus, dog Bogart, and cat Phoebe. Email: Download full CV.

Ann Markusen, Collaborating Researcher2 Ann Markusen

Ann Markusen is Principal of Markusen Economic Research and Director of the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Markusen’s recent research and writing on artists, arts organizations and creative placemaking include: How Cities can Nurture Cultural Entrepreneurs (2013), Diversifying Support for Artists (2013), Arts, Consumption and Regional Development (2013), Artists Work Everywhere (2013), City Creative Industry Strategies (2012), Working with Small Arts Organizations (2012), California’s Arts and Cultural Ecology (2011), Nurturing Next Gen Arts and Cultural Leaders (2011), Creative Placemaking (2010), Los Angeles: America’s Artist Super City (2010); Native Artists: Careers, Resources, Space, Gifts (2009), San JosĂ© Creative Entrepreneur Project: Final Report and Recommendations (2009), Crossover: How Artists Build Careers across Commercial, Non-profit and Community Work (2006), Artists’ Centers (2006), and The Artistic Dividend (2003) as well as more than a dozen academic and popular articles on artists and the arts. Markusen is a frequent keynote speaker on arts, cities, creative placemaking, and economic development, serves on the National Advisory Committee for the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project, and actively consults with international, national, state and local governments and nonprofits on creative placemaking and support for artists. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Service at Georgetown University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics at Michigan State University, and has taught at the Universities of Minnesota, Colorado, California Berkeley, Northwestern and Rutgers in City and Regional Planning. Winner of the 2006 Alonso Prize in Regional Science, she has served as North American Regional Science Association President, Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow and AAAS Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy Chair. Email:

Lynn OsgoodLynn Osgood, Collaborating Urban Designer/Planner

Lynn Osgood is an urban designer and planner whose work explores the intersection of public space, community engagement, and the arts. She is partner of GO collaborative (Austin, TX), a firm with which Metris Arts Consulting strategically partners on cultural planning and community engagement projects. Lynn started her career in urban design and planning in New York City with the United Nations and focused on the Habitat II Conference on Human Settlements. Moving to Austin in 2003, Lynn became Adjunct Faculty at the University of Texas where she taught graduate design studios in landscape architecture for two years. Moved by a desire to do research on engagement and the public realm, she “switched-hats” and began the doctoral program in Community and Regional Planning. Her current research focuses on the creation and maintenance of public spaces through various social, political and artistic processes. Recently she has directed the National Endowment for the Arts Your Town project in Mart, Texas where theater, digital and visual arts were used to structure a three day planning charrette. Within the City of Austin, Lynn currently serves on the Austin Parks and Recreation Board. Previously, she served for five years on the Art in Public Places Panel. Additionally, she has been a member of the Downtown Commission, the Waller Creek Citizen’s Advisory Committee, and the CreateAustin Planning Task Force. In collaboration with UT Austin Law School Faculty and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Departments, she recently published the Urban Parks Workgroup Report, which outlines policies and steps needed to achieve open space for all Central Austin citizens within a quarter mile of their residence.

Anna Muessig, Research Associate4 Anna Muessig

Anna Muessig’s work with Metris Arts Consulting began in 2011, when she co-authored How Art Spaces Matter II. She brings a strong pairing of qualitative and quantitative analytical skills, with extensive experience in creating succinct, compelling narratives that describe complex places, personal stories, or political processes using interview data. As lead author and researcher for a report on Minneapolis’ creative economy commissioned by the City of Minneapolis, Muessig developed a methodology for analyzing large data sets that described the scale and impact of that city’s creative economy. She also developed a series of case studies of leaders in the creative community, relying primarily on interviews and organizational histories. For Metris’ How Art Spaces Matter II, Muessig performed, transcribed, and analyzed over 30 interviews with tenants, community leaders, and policymakers involved in two artist live/work buildings in Seattle and Reno. Muessig’s background also includes five years of experience in grant writing and grant making for the arts, including work at Creative Time and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Muessig received a Masters of City Planning from MIT in 2013, with coursework focused on community and economic development and urban design, with an interest on how these two fields inform the national conversation around creative placemaking. Her graduate thesis explores the policy and urban design issues surrounding urban manufacturing hubs. Muessig co-founded the public art organization Nuit Blanche New York, and has co-curated three nighttime public art events in New York. In addition to Metris Arts Consulting, she currently works for the art and design firm Rebar on a large-scale creative placemaking project on the San Francisco waterfront. Email:

3 Rebecca ChanRebecca Chan, Research Associate

Chan bridges a keen interest in the relationship between the creative sector and preservation of the built environment with skills in quantitative data analysis and mapping techniques. Her masters thesis, Old Buildings, New Ideas: Historic Preservation and Creative Industry Development at Complementary Urban Revitalization Strategies, explores the role of urban conservation as an environmental precondition of successful creative communities. It examines areas of potential overlap in existing federal and state policies applicable to historic preservation and the creative industries. Chan holds a Masters of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Experienced in cultural resource management, Rebecca Chan has worked in collections research, exhibit design, and community outreach for several arts and ethnographic museums. Email:

Nathaniel Walton, Research Associate

Nathaniel Walton brings core competencies in statistics and mapping technologies (ArcGIS and Google Maps) to Metris Arts Consulting. For Metris Arts Consulting’s study How Artist Space Matters, Walton developed the hedonic models used to estimate the artist spaces’ property value impacts. Walton also serves as a researcher for the C3D (Center for Creative Community Development), most recently working with Professor Stephen Sheppard (Williams College) to estimate demand for gallery admissions to the MASS MoCA, and works as a data analyst for Web Liquid, a boutique digital marketing agency. Walton holds a BA from Oberlin College. Email: