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Staff and Partners

Creative CityMaking is partnership of Intermedia Arts and the City of Minneapolis.


Mary Altman, Public Arts Administrator, City of Minneapolis
Mary has worked for thirty years in the fields of public art, community arts and art education as an administrator, organizer, instructor, consultant and volunteer. She has collaborated with arts groups across Minnesota and nationally on cultural planning, program development, artist training, and community arts development. At the City, Mary coordinates public art commissions, supports neighborhoods and artists efforts to develop projects for the public art realm and manages the City’s collection of nearly 70 artworks. Mary is a member of Creative CityMaking's staff team.

Julie Bates, Associate Director, Intermedia Arts
Julie has been active in the twin cities arts community as a spoken word poet, freelance writer, teaching artist and community arts administrator for twelve years. At Intermedia Arts, she directs Intermedia’s Creative Leadership and Artist Development programs, which include the nationally recognized Creative Community Leadership Institute and Leadership Network, VERVE Grants for Spoken Word Poets, Beyond the Pure Fellowships for Writers, Queer Voices Reading Series, Intermedia ‘s new ArtsHub co-working program, and Creative CityMaking, a partnership of Intermedia Arts and the City of Minneapolis. In addition, Bates manages the day-to-day administrative operations of the organization and leads the development of Intermedia’s multi-media storytelling and communications projects in print and online. Bates studied writing and performance at Metropolitan State University. In 2008, she was awarded a Joyce Grant by Americans for the Arts Professional Development Fund for Emerging Leaders of Color. Julie is the program director for Creative CityMaking, as well as a member of the staff team.

Jack Byers, Ph.D., AICP, Interim Director, Long Range Planning, Minneapolis Community Planning & Economic Development Department (CPED)
Jack oversees the City Division responsible for the creation, modification and implementation of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, the policy document that describes the City’s vision for growth and development, as well as other geographic and topical plans that provide specific guidance for particular areas of the City. Jack has previously served as Manager of the Preservation and Design Section and the Downtown Planner. Over the years, Jack has taught college courses in urban planning, urban history and design, urban economic development, and the socio-cultural geography of U.S. cities at both the University of Minnesota and Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis. He also practiced for several years as an architect. Jack is a member of the staff team, partners team, and advisory committee for Creative CityMaking.

Carrie Christensen, Creative CityMaking Program Manager, Intermedia Arts
Carrie's work falls at the intersection of equity and the environment, integrates community development and design, and focuses on a range of issues including affordable housing, transportation equity, public art, historic preservation, and urban agriculture. With a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota and BA in Urban Studies from Stanford University, Carrie is committed to advancing the role that public art plays in planning and community engagement processes. Carrie’s Twin Cities-based work involves a range of projects and experiences in design, education, and community engagement. She has been a Creative Community Leadership Fellow, an environmental design instructor at Juxtaposition Arts, as well as partner in the ReMix community/university partnership. She has contributed as a designer and organizer to several local initiatives including Nice Ride, Twin Cities Greenways, the Irrigate Arts St Anthony Park Wayfinding Art Bike Project, Sidewalks Saving Lives in North Minneapolis, and several local and regional bike and pedestrian plans. In addition to being the Creative CityMaking Project Manager, Carrie spends her time as a Designer at local design and planning firm, Community Design Group, LLC, overseeing an oral history project on collaborative design in Minnesota, and as an adjunct faculty member at the UofM College of Design. Carrie is the Program Manager for Creative CityMaking, as well as a member of the staff team for the project.

Gülgün Kayim, Director of Arts Culture and Creative Economy, City of Minneapolis, Office of the City Coordinator
Gülgün was previously Assistant Director of the Artist Fellowship Program at the Archibald Bush Foundation, and prior to joining Bush, was the Public Art on Campus Coordinator at the Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota. She has also consulted extensively on site-specific performance, Public Art and individual artist professional development with various arts organizations, including Forecast Public Art Works, Springboard for the Arts, the Minnesota Fringe Festival and Intermedia Arts. She is a practicing interdisciplinary artist, and co-founder of Minneapolis based site-specific performance collective, Skewed Visions, which was awarded 2004 City Pages Artists of the Year; and a core member of the international artist network Mapping Spectral Traces. She has received a number of local and national awards, grants and fellowships including a Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship, Shannon Institute Leadership Fellowship, a Creative Capital Foundation grant, Jerome Foundation travel grant and Minnesota State Arts Board Theatre Fellowship. Her work has been seen in the US, London and Russia. She holds MA in performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and MFA in Directing from the University of Minnesota, she also serves as affiliate faculty in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota. Gülgün is a member of the staff team, partners team, and advisory committee for Creative CityMaking.

Theresa Sweetland, Executive/Artistic Director, Intermedia Arts
Theresa is an experienced program director, curator, youth worker and leader in the field of community cultural development. She has brought together diverse sectors of the community, artists and developers, elders and teens, prisoners and poets, to build collaborations and partnerships that expand and enrich lives and build community. She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Minnesota and a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning at The University of Minnesota Hubert H Humphrey School of Public Affairs with a concentration on community and economic development. Theresa is a Co-Founding Artistic Director of B-Girl Be, the worldʼs first international women in hip hop summit presented annually by Intermedia Arts. In 2004, she was the recipient of a Jerome Travel Grant for Arts Administrators with which she visited eight New Zealand organizations working in the community cultural development field, graffiti arts, hip-hop and prison arts programming. She has been a guest lecturer on "Art and Democracy" at the University of Minnesota Art History Department, on "Community Partnerships" for the Museum Educators Association and on “Arts and Social Change” for various university classes and community groups. Theresa is a member of the staff team, partners team, and advisory committee for Creative CityMaking.