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Alphonse Smith

Associate Director of Place and Civic Design, Arts Council of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

Alphonse Smith is a public art professional from New Orleans, Louisiana. As associate director of Place and Civic Design for the Arts Council of New Orleans, Alphonse facilitates policy and perpetual engagement initiatives that use creativity, innovation, and active citizenship to inform public art investments, design interventions, and public planning processes. He also spearheads the Arts Council's Creative Deliverables Program, an art and design consultancy that leverages the organization's public art and civic design experience to create opportunities for artists in the private sector, underscoring creative professionals' value in private development. Previously, he worked with disaster recovery groups to manage property and economic loss settlements stemming from Hurricane Katrina. Having witnessed the dramatic toll personal and property loss had on Gulf Coast residents, he was inspired to help his hometown reclaim its creative and cultural identity. Since then, Alphonse has worked with several groups and organizations to support cultural stimulation and exchange; to promote the creative industries; and to provide safe spaces for creative expression.

 

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