Southwest, MN | Creative Community Leadership Institute | Winter 2017
Sandy Agustin | Creative Leadership Programs Co-Manager
Sandy holds a Bachelor of Science in Dance Therapy from the University of Wisconsin and is a content expert for the Minnesota Center for Professional Development (MCNPD) in the areas of Promoting Creativity and the Arts and Professional Development and Leadership. Her artistic career includes teaching, performing, curating, presenting and mentoring over a span of 30 years that geographically spans throughout the Midwest and includes Mexico City. During her sixteen year tenure as Artistic and Interim Executive Director at Intermedia Arts she helped found the Institute for Community Cultural Development (now known as Creative Cultural Leadership) and Beyond the Studio, a program aimed at assisting artists in partnering with classroom teachers in the public schools. Sandy is a master teacher with the Tony-award winning Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis through their Neighborhood Bridges program and travels nationally to facilitate the expansion of this critical literacy program. She has worked in a variety of public schools, grades pre-k through 5th, both implementing and developing critical literacy through theater. Since 1995 Sandy has facilitated numerous Open Space convenings and served as a co-facilitator through Animating Democracy to assist cities in creating impactful partnerships between artists and city stakeholders around the United States. She is the recipient of a Leadership Initiatives in Neighborhoods (LIN) fellowship that allowed her to explore intergenerational creativity in families and cultures throughout the United States.
Carrie Christensen | Project Manager
With a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University ofMinnesota and a B.A. in Urban Studies from Stanford University, her cross-sector work combines design thinking, community engagement, project management, oral history, data analysis, curation, planning and environmental design processes. Carrie’s work involves a range of projects and experiences in design, education, and community engagement that fall at the intersection of equity and the environment. Her work explores the intersection of arts and community engagement. She has worked nationally and internationally on affordable housing, public art, urban agriculture, tactical urbanism, transportation equity, bike and pedestrian planning, and historic preservation efforts – which shape the foundation of her community-based practice. Carrie is currently the Program Manager for Creative CityMaking, an adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota College of Design, owner of WHR Ecological, a S/WBE based in Minneapolis, MN, and works as a consultant in the field of creative placemaking, environmental design and planning.
William Cleveland, Creative Community Leadership Institute facilitator and co-founder, is a pioneer in the community arts movement and one of its most poetic documenters. His books Art In Other Places and Making Exact Change and Art and Upheaval: Artists at work on the Worlds Frontlines are considered seminal works in the field of arts-based community development. Activist, teacher, lecturer and musician, he also directs the Center for the Study of Art and Community. Established in 1991, CSA&C works to build new working relationships between the arts and the broader community specializing in the development and assessment of arts-based community partnerships, and training for artists, and their community and institutional partners. The Center works with artists and arts organizations, schools, human service and criminal justice agencies, local and state government and the business and philanthropic organizations. Bill’s 25-year history producing arts programs in cultural, educational and community also includes his leadership of the Walker Art Center's Education and Community Programs Department, California's Arts-In-Corrections Program and the California State Summer School for the Arts. He has also been an Assistant Director of the California Department of Corrections and worked as a youth services counselor and resident artist under the auspices of the Department of Labor’s Comprehensive Employment and Development Program. His most recent book, Between Grace and Fear: The Role of the Arts in a Time of Change, was published in 2010. His CD, Songlines, is based, in part, on stories from Art and Upheaval.
Maggie McKenna | Creative Leadership Programs Co-Manager
Maggie McKenna has been weaving arts, environment and social change into her community work here in the Twin Cities for over ten years. At Intermedia, she supports emerging changemakers through her work with Intermedia’s Creative Leadership Department.
Her work began in the Twin Cities as a graduate from Macalester College and a grassroots community organizer with the Youth Climate Movement. After engaging thousands of young people around environmental justice, climate policy, and green jobs, she transitioned her focus from campaigns to building more healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities.
For three years, Maggie worked with TigerLion Arts, a local arts production company, helping to bring accessible and mission-based theater and dance to Twin Cities’ community. She has served as the Program Director of Lily Springs Farm, helping to create and design a retreat center and site of emerging farm-to-city programs. In 2010, Maggie joined the Permaculture Research as the Education Director where she launched a series of community-based urban farming training and apprenticeship programs. In 2012, Maggie became the Experiential Youth Curriculum Developer for the Kitty Anderson Youth Science Center where she designed community justice retreats geared toward supporting youth leadership and social change. Maggie is a 2011 Fellow with the Center for Whole Communities and a 2013 alumni of Intermedia’s Creative Community Leadership Institute. Deepening her knowledge and skills, Maggie graduated in 2015 with a Master’s degree in Human Development through St. Mary’s University.
Wendy Morris, M.A., Creative Community Leadership Institute facilitator and co-founder, is the Director of Creative Leadership at Intermedia Arts. A pioneering leadership educator and consultant, Wendy has served on faculty at leadership venues in North America and Southeast Asia. Her work has been recognized by more than 25 awards in leadership, interdisciplinary practice and the arts including major fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. At home in Minneapolis she has been affiliated with two research and training centers at the University of Minnesota: the Humphrey School of Public Affairs’ Center for Integrative Leadership, where she recently served as an Executive Leadership Fellow; and the Center for Spirituality and Healing. She collaborates as a program designer/facilitator with several global networks for change including the Art of Hosting network, the Human Systems Dynamics Institute and the Presencing Institute.