Event offered in English with Closed Captioning via Zoom.

Join Third Way Creative in this interactive call-and-response session. Third Way Creative is Randy Engstrom, Elisheba Johnson and Kristen Ramirez, a team of artists in Seattle, Washington. Third Way is working in Ottawa’s Byron Linear Park and adjacent communities, creating a variety of engagement strategies to deeply listen to what Ottawa wants to see for the future of arts and culture. Third Way Creative believes arts and culture are the tools needed to co-create and re-imagine public art and civic arts strategies for the extraordinary moment. Belonging, equity, narrative and imagination are the guiding principles in their work. Third Way Creative is working to increase the number of new artists applying to Ottawa’s Public Art Program opportunities, to expand the definition of public art, and to increase the scale and scope of civic arts in Ottawa. 

Third Way Creative’s project "Reflection/Inflection Arts Response Project in the Richmond Byron Corridor" is sponsored by the City of Ottawa’s O-Train Stage 2 Public Art Program. For more information, click here.

The event is presented as part of the Neighbourhood Arts Ottawa Symposium: Blueprints for a hopeful future, with pop-up community arts events happening online and across Ottawa August 3 – 29, 2021. For more information, click here.  

Neighbourhood Arts Ottawa is a community-engaged arts program by Arts Network Ottawa / Réseau des arts d'Ottawa and is made possible through the generous financial support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Ottawa Community Foundation

Original print used in graphic by Melanie Yugo (Possible Worlds). 

Arts Network Ottawa acknowledges that the land on which we gather is unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory. 

About the Artists

Randy Engstrom (Team Lead):  

Randy Engstrom has been a passionate advocate and organizer of cultural policy and community development for over 15 years. He served as Director of the Office of Arts and Culture for the City of Seattle from 2013 to 2021. As Director of the Office, he expanded the City's investments in grantmaking programs and Public Art, while establishing new programs and policies in arts education, cultural space affordability, and racial equity. Previously, Randy owned and operated Reflex Strategies, a cultural and community based consulting business that worked with philanthropy, non-profits, and local government. He served as Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission in 2011 after serving 2 years as Vice-Chair, and was Chair of the Facilities and Economic Development Committee from 2006 to 2010. Previously he served as the Founding Director of the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, a multimedia/multidisciplinary community space that offers youth and community member’s access to arts, technology, and cultural resources (www.youngstownarts.org ). Prior to Youngstown, Randy spent 3 years as the Founding CEO of Static Factory Media, an artist development organization that owned and operated a record label, bar/performance venue, graphic design house, recording studio, and web development business. In 2009 Randy received the Emerging Leader Award from Americans for the Arts and was one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. He is a graduate of the Evergreen State College in Olympia, and he received his Executive Masters in Public Administration at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Governance and Public Policy. 


Elisheba Johnson:  

Elisheba Johnson is a curator, public artist and administrator. Johnson, who has a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts, was the owner of Faire Gallery Café, a multi-use art space that held art exhibitions, music shows, poetry readings and creative gatherings. For six years Johnson worked at the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture on capacity building initiatives and racial equity in public art. Johnson is currently a member of the Americans for the Arts Emerging Leaders Network advisory council and has won four Americans for the Arts Public Art Year in Review Awards for her work. She currently co-manages Wa Na Wari, a Black art center in Seattle’s Central Area that uses the arts to build community and resist displacement. 


Kristen Ramirez:  

Kristen Ramirez is both a studio artist and public artist who toggles between commissions and socially engaged practices. Ramirez has a professional career in education and arts administration, championing aspiring artists and established artists alike. Ramirez taught in San Francisco’s public schools before moving to Seattle, where she has since taught at the University of Washington, Edmonds Community College, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Path with Art, and Cornish College of the Arts. Between 2015 and 2021, she managed public art projects for the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture and Seattle’s Department of Transportation (SDOT). Ramirez is a practicing muralist who has painted murals in California, Oregon, Idaho and Washington. She also works as a public art consultant, managing a suite of public art selections for the City of Beaverton, and collaborates frequently with Elisheba Johnson on a range of public art plans and physical artworks. Ramirez is an art advisor to the Washington State Convention Center and serves on the board for Public Art Dialogue. Ramirez has received numerous awards, including Individual Artist Awards from 4Culture, an Artist Trust Fellowship Award, two Artist Trust GAP grants, two Public Art Network Year-in-Review Awards.

Art as the How: Co-Creating and Re-Imagining Public Art for This Moment

  • Friday Aug 20 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Online / En ligne
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