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Community partnerships and collaborations are key elements to the creative placemaking process. By combining resources, the process is inclusive of different viewpoints often leading to vibrant and more sustainable results. From local to international communities, discover how partners can enhance your practice.

This program is the third in the series Make Some Place: conversations about people, practice, and creative placemaking. This series is presented by CUE, and produced by our 2016 Public Programming Fellows, Jordan Dyniewski and perryne lee poy lokhandwala. The Make Some Place series is a part of Meeting Artists' Needs.

Recorded live September 28, 2016.

Sunny Widmann, Director, National Arts Strategies
As Director at National Arts Strategies, Sunny gets to pursue her passion of designing transformational experiences that help people in the cultural sector see their work through a new lens. Programs currently in Sunny’s portfolio include support services for cultural entrepreneurs (Creative Community Fellows), leadership development for CEOs (Chief Executive Program) and a variety of online initiatives.
Sunny joined the NAS team in 2009. Prior to that she served with the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa as a Girls Education and Empowerment volunteer, where she co-founded a women’s community group focused on literacy, health and micro-lending. She completed her undergraduate studies at Butler University and holds a graduate degree in Arts Management from American University. Her work has been published in the Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society. She lives in Washington DC with her husband Michael and dog Lucy.
+ Bridget Bartolini, Founder, Five Boro Story Project
Bridget Bartolini is a socially engaged artist and educator who uses story-sharing to strengthen community connections. Inspired by her love for New York City, her belief in the power of storytelling as a tool for social justice, and her frustration with the lack of cultural programming in areas like her home neighborhood in Queens, Bridget launched the Five Boro Story Project in 2013. Under the Five Boro Story Project, she produces community storytelling events that bring New Yorkers together through sharing true stories and art inspired by our neighborhoods. Her creative process involves working with community members, activists, and artists to collaboratively create tributes to the people and places that make up our homes. Bridget holds a Masters in Community Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College, and was a 2013 Create Change Fellow and 2014 Commissioned Artist with The Laundromat Project, and a 2015-16 Creative Community Fellow with National Arts Strategies. She is currently an artist in residence with More Art’s Engaging Artists 2016 Housing Justice Residency.


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