“My “Aha” moment came from Anne sharing that it sometimes takes a lot of time to build strong relationships between the partners in these sorts of projects.” —Audience member, Creative Placemaking keynote, Little Falls, MN

Metris’ Anne Gadwa Nicodemus, Julie Burros, Susannah Laramee Kidd, and Rachel Engh speak widely on creative placemaking, artist spaces, cultural districts, and how to measure and communicate arts and culture’s impact on communities. They give talks at universities, conferences, and foundation convenings across the country (and virtually) and at venues as far flung as Ontario and Macau, China.

Gadwa Nicodemus has delivered keynote addresses to The Art of Placemaking, ArtsExposed, ArtsQuest, the California Association of Museums, Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design, Centre County Historical Society (Bellefonte, PA), Commerce Lexington, Culture Connection (Louisiana’s State Arts Advocacy Day), Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago/City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, MassINC, Semaine Français d’Arnaudville, Square Feet 2013, and Utah Department of Heritage and Arts. Engh has recently spoken about Metris’ evaluation work at the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking’s Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing’s Creative Placemaking Summit 3, and for the National Endowment for the Arts’ “Evaluation as a Tool for Creative Placemaking” webinar.

Selected speaking venues also include the Artists and Neighborhood Change Conference, Brattleboro CoreArts, the California Legislature, Council of Michigan Foundations, Center/Architecture + Design, Chinese Creative Industries Forum, Creative Time Summit, Grantmakers in the Arts, Midwest Arts Conference, Mural Arts Philadelphia, Rutgers University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Chicago, and Western States Arts Federation.

In addition, Metris Arts Consulting has facilitated panels, mobile workshops, and webinars on creative placemaking or city cultural policy for the American Planning Association and American Collegiate Schools of Planning national conferences; Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s Creative Placemaking Technical Assistance cohort; NeighborWorks America’s Creative Community Development Convening; the Pennsylvania Downtown Center’s Community Revitalization Conference; and the Twin Cities Arts and Cultural Policy Study Group.

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