M. Kelley

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part of a series on Spectrum

About the speaker

Megan Kelley’s career includes a diverse and thorough approach to the arts. Inviting others into collaboration, curiosity, and cross-pollination, they help create immersive, interactive spaces for dialogue, design thinking, and connection. 

Their civic and social practice work focuses on sustainability for artists at all levels, through creative placemaking, civic consulting, community development, advocacy, equitable access, and mentorship, with a focus on building and activating creative community workspaces. They are a graduate of The Learning Lab, the Racial Equity in Arts Leadership Institute, and Vanderbilt’s Leading Innovation in Arts and Culture, and a member of the Metro Nashville Committee for Antiracism and Racial Equity.

As the ArtLab Community Artist in Residence at Vanderbilt’s The Wondr'y, Megan helps create spaces of engagement and creative disruption, while mentoring students in the intersections of creativity, technology, and innovation. Driven by themes of communication and borderlands archivism, their work with The Inbound Lands explores the ways in which people of color (especially those of mixed descent) navigate, generate, and hold space for cultural memory, traditional practices, place, and leadership in forward progress.  

They have connected with corporate spheres in pursuit of meaningful design, including work for clients such as Toyota Prius, NRDC, RedBull, USAID, The Ad Council, The FBI, and Harvard University, among others. They have served in civic and social practice work for Metro Nashville, The City of Hodgenville, the Lexington Art League, ArtWorks, Ryman Lofts, The Housing Foundation, the internationally acclaimed Circuit Benders Ball, and others.

They are an experienced activator of physical spaces, including with Adventure Science Center and as co-founder of Make Nashville; they are an experienced public speaker on equity within the arts ecosystem; and they are an accomplished studio artist, with work shown in venues in Cambridge, Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles, Calgary, Seattle, San Francisco, Paris, and Lexington.

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