The Vision and the Visual: Creative/Artist Partnerships in Parks and Recreation


Learn from three Parks and Recreation professionals in how including artists in the process of creating programs or facility planning can lead to new and unexpected successes. Case studies will include collaborations between artists and recreational agencies, artist inclusion in capital improvement projects, and leveraging a creative process to encourage community engagement.
Presenters will also discuss how to recruit artists, define project expectations beneficial to both parties, and how to maximize the potential for fruitful collaborations. In addition, we will examine the following questions: what does a successful integrated art program look like in our sector? How do you define project goals when you include an artist? How can an artist's voice influence the project development process?

Session Length: 1.25 Hours

Credit: 0.1 CEU

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Liesel Fenner, ASLA

Public Art Program Director, Maryland State Arts Council

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Rosa Chang

Artist & Senior Adviser for the Natural Dye Initiative, Maryland State Arts Council

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Andy Dailey

Cultural Arts Program Supervisor, City of Kettering

Andrew Dailey plans and oversees over 400 programs for Rosewood Arts Centre each year. His initiatives, including community events for children and the arts, attract several thousand participants each year. His recent accolades include Distinguished Alumni Award from Wright State University, Special Way Award from the City of Kettering, and the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award.

Shayna McConville

Division Manager of Cultural Arts, City of Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts

Laura Connelly

Environmental Park Projects Manager, Parks & People Foundation

Laura Connelly is a project manager at the Parks & People Foundation, a non-profit in Baltimore City whose mission is to unite Baltimore through parks. She and her team work with stakeholders to deliver high-quality new parks and park improvements to Baltimore neighborhoods from engagement, visioning, and design, through permitting, implementation, and continuing sustainability. Prior to work on the parks program, she managed a multi-million dollar suite of urban stormwater retrofit/green infrastructure projects to improve water quality and provide uplift to City residents in disinvested neighborhoods. Before joining Parks & People, Laura worked at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources as a stream biologist and then a planner in restoration financing and policy on the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund. In addition to managing project design, permitting, and implementation, Laura works with public, private, and civic partners on policy and planning efforts to leverage social, economic, and environmental outcomes. Laura holds a B.S. in Biology from Washington College and an M.S. in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Johns Hopkins University.

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