Keynote speakers

Cecily Miller

After serving as a leader in the field of community arts for more than 20 years, Cecily Miller founded Spark Art to work as an independent consultant and curator ( The mission of Spark Art is to partner with artists, organizations, and community groups to create public art that is inspired by the qualities of place and explores the concerns of people.  Cecily’s goal is to develop contemporary art that celebrates what is positive while building the resiliency we need to face important challenges — by strengthening a sense of community, providing new insight or understanding of issues, and creating experiences of hope and joy.  Cecily’s recent work for the Town of Arlington has focused on highlighting values of volunteerism, environmental stewardship, and cultural diversity. Cecily is also a member of the volunteer organizing committee for the annual HONK! Festival of activist street bands in Somerville, MA. For HONK! she has focused on developing a participatory artmaking area that has provided a platform for artists concerned with issues of racism, treatment of immigrants, and grassroots resistance to current US right wing government. Before founding Spark Art, Cecily directed the Somerville Arts Council and the Forest Hills Educational Trust; in both these positions she established an array of innovative exhibitions, educational programs, festivals and performance series.


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