Keynotes & Presentations

“Wow. This stuff is powerful.
This stuff I now call

Marty Pottenger

A significant element of the mission of Art At Work – originally an Arts & Equity Initiative – was to introduce and inspire folks around the country to embrace the concept of arts-projects designed to address tough if not impossible municipal and community challenges. Between 2006 and 2015, Marty shared stories and guidance gleaned from thirty years of experience, including projects addressing issues racial discrimination in a Public Works Department, historically low morale in a police force, or the lack of diversity in a city’s four most active neighborhood associations. Marty has shared the Art At Work philosophy and strategy in the following cities:

Austin, TX
Boston, MA
Chicago, IL
Los Angeles, CA

Minneapolis, MN
Philadelphia, PA
Pittsburgh, PA
Providence, RI

San Francisco, CA
Seattle, WA
St. Paul, MN
Tucson AZ

If you’re interested in engaging Marty and Art At Work for a project or speaking engagement, we encourage you to reach out to us at

Diane Rodriguez, Jane Chu, and Marty Pottenger
at Marty’s presentation at the 2015 National Arts Councils Annual Meeting
“Artists Working in Communities” Annual Meeting at Wesleyan University: Krissie Marty (Forklift Danceworks), Stephanie McKee (Junebug Productions),
Marty Pottenger (Art At Work), Jawole Willa Zollar (Urban Bush Women), and Allison Orr (Forklift Danceworks)
Here at the United Nation’s World Urban Forum, Kuala Lumper, 2018 representing the power of creative engagement in achieving measurable outcomes that benefit communities around the world.

Check out some of Marty’s talks below:

Art At Work | TEDxDirigo
The Art of Placemaking | WaterFire Providence
Marty Pottenger | PechaKucha Portland