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2019 NACo Leg Creative Counties Forum Panelists PPTs  2019 NACo Leg Creative Counties Forum Team PPTs

The Creative Counties Forum will be an open conversation on broad trends and useful resources in creative placemaking -- or the integration of arts and culture into community revitalization work. The Forum will feature a panel of creative placemaking experts, a “world café” with the NACo Creative Counties teams to discuss their successes and lessons learned as they have engaged in this work and an in-depth open discussion on using the arts to solve local challenges. 

OPENING PANEL

  • SUSAN DUPLESSIS, Director of Community Arts Development, South Carolina Arts Commission  
  • MATTHEW FLUHARTY, Founder and Executive Director, Art of the Rural  
  • JEN HUGHES, Design and Creative Placemaking Director, National Endowment for the Arts  
  • MICHAEL ROHD, Lead Artist for Civic Imagination and Founding Artist, Center for Performance and Civic Practice  
  • TOM SIMPLOT, Senior Advisor to the Senior Deputy Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts  

CREATIVE COUNTIES TEAM REPRESENTATIVES

  • Pottawattamie County, Iowa: Ms. Danna Kehm, Executive Director, PACE
  • Lafayette Parish, La.: Ms. Skyra Rideaux, Assistant to Mayor-President, Lafayette Consolidated Government
  • Sullivan County, N.H.L: Hon. Virginia O. Irwin, Representative, NH House of Representatives, and Ms. Melissa Richmond, Executive Director, West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts
  • Athens County, Ohio: Ms. Leslie Schaller, Director of Programs, ACEnet
  • Iron County, Utah: Hon. Mike Bleak, Commissioner, Iron County, Utah, and Ms. Jessica Farling, Director/Curator, Southern Utah Museum of Art
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