JANET KAGAN, MBA, MA has more than 35 years of experience in strategic program planning and project management in art and economic development. She leads and directs interdisciplinary planning and design teams in collaboration with communities, artists, and government to achieve creative, aesthetic, and economic revitalization goals. Ms Kagan has worked in municipal government and regional, statewide, and national non-profit and for-profit organizations. She believes that the arts offer a vibrant synthesis of civic identity, history, and culture that define communities and their shared spaces. To this end, she identifies, aligns, and curates innovative strategic partnerships that economically celebrate place and people.
Ms. Kagan holds an MBA from Simmons School of Management and an MA in Philosophy of Art from Duke University. She serves on the boards and committees of national and regional non-profit arts organizations; is Associate Editor of the International Journal of the Arts In Society; participates on artist, grant, and project selection panels and juries; and, organizes and facilitates national discussions on the catalytic impact of the arts in economic revitalization via published articles, blogs, and convenings. In 2005, she was elected to the Governing Council of the Public Art Network (PAN) of Americans for the Arts; from 2008-2010 she served as its Chair. From 2002-2008, she served on the Board of the Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission as its organizational Chair, Director of Percent for Art program, and Director of Community Artist Residencies.
LARRY KIRKLAND is an internationally recognized artist and he has been described as a "cultural conservationist." For more than 35 years, he has collaborated with design professionals and community leaders creating meaningful places throughout America and overseas in Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, and Osaka. His artworks, which are grounded in social, cultural, and geographic place, are executed with a breathtaking range of ideas.
Mr. Kirkland is committed to the principle that all communities deserve a visual satisfaction that exceeds pleasure to thereby create sustained satisfaction through art's vibrancy. To that end, he helped establish an innovative arts inclusion for emerging and local artists, designers, and craftsmen. Mr. Kirkland was the recipient of a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is currently a member of the General Services Administration Design Excellence Peer Review Panel and a council member of the Public Art Network of Americans for the Arts.