Presenting our top-notch Intersections speakers

Curious as to how transportation, public health, civil engineering, art, local governance, cultural identity, and Complete Streets connect? This week we’re thrilled to share our expert line up of keynote and plenary speakers for Intersections: Creating Culturally Complete Streets. They will join over 60 other speakers in Nashville, April 3 – 4, to explore these themes.

Peter Svarzbein
Keynote Speaker, April 4

Visual Artist, The El Paso Transnational Trolley Project

Veronica Davis
Keynote Speaker, April 3
Co-owner and Principal Planning Manager, Nspiregreen
Co-founder, Black Women Bike

Jamie Bennett
Lunch Plenary Speaker
Executive Director, ArtPlace America

Joseph Kunkel
Lunch Plenary Speaker
Executive Director, Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative

Laura Zabel
Lunch Plenary Speaker
Executive Director, Springboard for the Arts

Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition, in partnership with the Urban Land Institute, are excited to feature speakers who have helped shape the national discourse around arts and culture, creative placemaking, and Complete Streets. If you haven’t already, register now! You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn from and network with planners, artists, civil engineers, public health practitioners, and many others.

Register today!

Can’t wait until April? Get inspired by our speakers’ work now:

  • Peter Svarzbein: Generate creative solutions for entrenched transportation problems, like Peter’s fake creative guerilla campaign in El Paso, TX and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico that led to real-life change. (NationSwell)
  • Veronica Davis: Reframe the conversation around biking with sustainability, resilience, and equity at the center. (HuffPost)
  • Jamie Bennett: Examine where and how to identify artists in our communities and how to foster community development that drives creativity and our local economies. (Ted Talk)
  • Joseph Kunkel: Foster local ownership and economic opportunity, like Joseph’s work to leverage creative placemaking in rural New Mexican pueblos. (National Endowment for the Arts)
  • Laura Zabel: Use pop-up art to reimagine community health outreach, like Laura at Springboard for the Arts. (CityLab)

Looking for even more Intersections?

Become a Complete Streets partner to receive one free conference ticket. Already a partner? Contact Nimotalai Azeez to receive the promo code for discounted tickets. Urban Land Institute members also receive discounted tickets.

Apply for State of the Art Transportation Training, a new technical assistance program to help communities better integrate artistic and cultural practices in transportation projects, by February 23.

Read about best practices and projects where arts, culture, and transportation intersect in A Creative Placemaking Field Scan, released by T4America in partnership with ArtPlace America.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Support for this convening was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Top image courtesy of the El Paso Transnational Trolley Project

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