We create public art and cultural programs with communities that tell real and just narratives, create empathetic spaces, and develop powerful leaders.
A Creative Interventionist...
Is curious in their listening
As creative interventionists, we do not simply accept our cities for the way they are. We are constantly curious about how systems and structures impact the places and ways we live. We take responsibility for exploring new possibilities where others see only challenges. We lead by listening, our exploration guided by the wisdom of those who have been pillars of their communities long before we were around. We are curious in our listening, not prescribing solutions but offering ideas to reimagine spaces as places for compassion, joy, connection and love.
Co-creates at every step
We do our best work when we are unified with a community’s people and vision. Each project begins with building relationships and trust with the residents and community leaders where we are working. We are in service to communities and work with, not for, residents. These relationships are crucial, as once they are formed, they lead to new relationships with other community members and new possibilities for the project. This expanding circle of connections is how impact is built. Along the way, we create structures to support transparency and collaboration in all aspects of the work.
Adapts to change
Where a project begins often looks very different from where the project goes. As creative interventionists, we are fearless in our ability to start a project without having a set final outcome. We value process as equally as product. We have the ability to adapt and evolve projects based on community needs and consistently evaluate what is working and not working even when it is uncomfortable or might alter the original vision.
Generates and sustains
As creative interventionists, we produce inquiries that reimagine neighborhoods as spaces for abundance. Our projects transform difficult questions into positive actions by creating real opportunities for those introspective thoughts to powerfully emerge into the world. We then find structures to ensure that the actions from the project will live on longer than us. We measure the impact of a project by inquiring if it generated more community leaders, future projects, new neighborhood narratives, and sustained emotional and physical investment.
Hunter Franks // ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Hunter Franks is the founder and Artistic Director of the League of Creative Interventionists. His participatory projects create shared spaces and experiences that break down social barriers and catalyze connections between people and communities.
In 2014, he was named one of GOOD Magazine's GOOD 100. His Neighborhood Postcard Project was named one of "12 bright ideas for better cities" by the Los Angeles Times. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and featured in Fast Company, the Guardian, and Atlantic Citylab. In 2011 he walked from Los Angeles to New Mexico - an experience that fueled his desire to connect with strangers and tell the stories of underrepresented places. He currently resides in San Francisco, California.
Anne Koller // PROGRAMS DIRECTOR
Anne Koller's passion to catalyze leaders and support emotion-based public art and design thinking has spread throughout our programs and projects. Anne grew and spearheaded the Fellowship Program to four funded cities comprising of 16 Fellows nationally and managed our first national convening in Akron in 2017. She designed and led the Community Vision Walk and Trail Tales project in Macon Georgia and was instrumental in the planning and production of the 200 Plates Community Meal and Photo Showcase in Summit Lake.
Anne formerly founded TAPIN, an organization that created interactive experiences for people to explore their emotions through public art in New York City, including the public campaigns "Out Fear" "Own Happy" "Unwrap Anger" Crack Your Emotion Code." She has written about grief in GOOD Magazine and has been featured in Idealist, Huffington Post, Village Voice, BRIC TV and other publications for her work in changing the conversation around emotions.
Anne has a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University and has worked as a strategist and coordinator for Google, World Economic Forum, and ?What If! Innovation. She is originally from the inner city of Milwaukee and currently resides in Alameda, California.
In her spare time, Anne is a Meditation Teacher for the Healing Well, an organization that provides wellness services to transient neighbors in the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco and loves to be in the water as part of her Follow the Water journey.
Michelle Zucker // Lead Designer
Michelle Zucker is the Lead Designer for the League of Creative Interventionists. After spending a few years working in Copenhagen, she moved to San Francisco to pursue her interests in improving the quality and livability of cities through art and design. As the founder of Restart [your city], Michelle has worked on numerous participatory projects, community engagement workshops and short film documentaries in an effort to help empower communities.
Her passion centers on how humans use and interact with space, particularly in how environmental and social systems can facilitate adaptive, healthy urban spaces. Her proposal to activate the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco was one of the winners of Eleven Magazine’s second international ideas and design competition. More recently she was a featured artist in the 2016 Market Street Prototyping Festival with her storytelling prototype StreetSpeak. Michelle believes the greatest opportunity for the future development of cities lies in the people and communities that call it home. She dreams of creating public spaces that are curated by human desires.