Civic Activation: Working with Civic Institutions

Join us for a conversation with past collaborators from different civic institutions to discuss the tips, tricks, and best practices.

Have you ever wondered how to work with your city to get a piece of art in a public space, or navigate the bureaucratic process to bring a public project to life? Many of us have big ideas to serve our communities, but the path to collaborating with the government can be intimidating.

Aleta Lee (aka Battle Angel) is a Public Art Project Manager for the San Francisco Arts Commission. Her role includes working closely with artists from local to international level and directing permanent and temporary public art installations throughout San Francisco. Aleta also serves as the Art Consultant for SOLYD Architectural firm where she provides consultation for various art projects throughout the Bay Area. Outside of work, Aleta is a practicing visual artist in graphic collage, screen printing, and painting. Aleta volunteers for the Burning Man Project in the ARTery program and is a volunteer Team Lead at Reality SF for the Creative Collective.

Dominic Kiraly is the director of online and headquarters training at the U.S. Institute of Peace. He leads the Institute’s online education and training initiatives and pioneered USIP’s Global Campus, which has trained over 80,000 professionals worldwide. Kiraly is also the executive producer of the new USIP podcast series in collaboration with Burning Man Project, Culturally Attuned. He co-founded the Institute for Technology and Social Change (TechChange). Previously, Kiraly worked for the United Nations-affiliated University for Peace in Geneva, Switzerland.

Heather Deal is the Director of Adult and Workplace Learning at Decoda Literacy Solutions, assessing and addressing learning needs across the Province. Heather served four terms on the Vancouver City Council and as Deputy Mayor. Heather has chaired numerous committees, including and not limited to: Regional Parks Committee, Environment, Energy and Aboriginal Relations. As a Councillor, she led numerous initiatives, including public art, bike/pedestrian safety, arts/culture, urban upgrades and heritage work.

As a member of the Board of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Heather chaired the Environmental Issues Committee and served on committees including Social and Economic Development, Increasing Women’s Participation in Municipal Government, and the Urban Indigenous Working Group. She attended Burning Man from 2003-2019 and serves on the Burning Man Global Arts Grants Committee.”

Burning Man’s Global Activation Call Series highlights community-led projects and provokes conversations to inspire activation. New to the Series? Check out the videos of previous calls.

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Mar 30, 2021

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Mar 30, 2021
  • Time: 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm


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