Since 1975, writer, performer, director and activist Marty Pottenger has created multidisciplinary placemaking performances, plays, arts-based civic dialogues, and community arts projects throughout the United States. Her performance in City Water Tunnel #3 won an OBIE and her play ABUNDANCE, written from interviews with 30 millionaires and 30 minimum wage workers, was selected as one of The Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s ‘Ten best plays of 2003’. A longtime union trades activist, low-income housing organizer, Board Chair of the American Festival Project and member of Heresies magazine collective, she left New York City in 2007 at the invitation of the City of Portland, Maine to launch Art At Work, a national initiative to strengthen cities through strategic art projects with municipalities and communities.
Working on staff at City Hall, Art At Work has launched 15 arts projects that tackled historic low police morale with poetry, racial discrimination in Public Services with block prints, escalating incidents between youth & police with performances. Recognitions include a Local Hero Award from the Portland Police Department for their Police Poetry/Photography Calendar; a National Leagues of Cities Best Practices nomination; and the selection of Art At Work’s Our Town project – Meeting Place – to be featured in one of the NEA’s five e-book’s on Creative Placemaking. Since the 1990’s, she has been a featured speaker on arts-based civic engagement, arts & social change, and evaluation practices in the United States and Europe. http://www.martypottenger.com & http://www.artatwork.us