Anne Gadwa Nicodemus
Principal, Metris Arts ConsultingEaston, USA
Anne Gadwa Nicodemus is a choreographer and arts administrator turned urban planner. She has advanced the discourse on arts-based community development through reports and journal articles including, Creative Placemaking (Mayors’ Institute on City Design), which helped to define the field; “Arts and Culture in Urban and Regional Planning: A Review and Research Agenda” (Journal of Planning and Education Research); How Art Spaces Matter (Artspace); and “Fuzzy Vibrancy: Creative Placemaking as Ascendant U.S. Cultural Policy” (Journal of Cultural Trends). Nicodemus is principal of Metris Arts Consulting, which supports creative placemaking through planning, research, and evaluation. Her recent Metris projects span a case study of how a creative space in Zimbabwe fosters activism to an arts and culture plan for small city in Minnesota. She gives frequent talks nationwide and internationally and, since 2012, has made WESTAF’s annual peer-nominated list of the nation’s 50 most influential people in the nonprofit arts.