Category Archives: Postcards from the Road

Artists Take Center Stage at APA’s 2019 Planning Conference

In April I attended the 2019 National Conference of the American Planning Association (APA) in San Francisco. I was thrilled that the conference both opened and closed with keynotes by artists.

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Musings on “Home” and the Rural Generation Summit

I’ve spent most of my life living in urban spaces. In our work at Metris, we lift up examples of arts and culture happening in communities across the U.S. I also recently joined the board of the Department of Public … Continue reading

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Dispatch from Boston – This One’s for the Women

On a recent trip to Boston last March, I caught up with new developments on the cultural scene. It was women’s history month and what I saw and were I went definitely reflected that fact.

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Postcards from the Road: Richmond, Indiana

Last week, Rachel and I headed to Richmond, Indiana for meetings with the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC). We are working with the IAC to design an evaluation plan and assess their evaluation capacity so that they can improve and share … Continue reading

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“This is what our community feels like, looks like, tastes like, smells like, sounds like”: Reflections on Working with Artist Facilitators

Community is a block party where everyone is invited. Bring your best dance moves, your favorite food.

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Post Cards from the Road: Metris takes Manhattan

We conceived a day trip of meetings in NYC some months ago—thinking it would be a great way to kick off our marketing efforts in early 2019. Little did we know that the weather gods would smile upon us and … Continue reading

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Sidestepping Nails and Newly-Poured Concrete: Why Fieldwork Matters

I always appreciate when I get the opportunity to pry myself away from my Office friends—Word, Excel, and PowerPoint—and witness creative placemaking in its natural habitat. Last year, Metris had the privilege to support Center for Community Progress in an … Continue reading

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