Sara Daleiden

Los Angeles, US

Sara Daleiden facilitates civic engagement within developing landscapes, exercising cultural exchange strategies based in over two decades of experience. With headquarters in Los Angeles and Milwaukee, her initiatives, including MKE<->LAX, encourage local cultures to value neighborhoods, public space, civic art, social entrepreneurship and racial and gender equity. She has consulted on organizational and leadership development, real estate development, and economic development, as well as strategy, facilitation, evaluation, communications and project coordination for numerous nonprofits, for profits and government bodies. She additionally has an expertise in working with artists and other entrepreneurs for civic engagement, creative placemaking, public art, artist residencies and small business development. 

In Los Angeles, Sara currently collaborates with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission on their Civic Art as Infrastructure project. This project includes a feature documentary she produced called Civic Art: Four Stories from South Los Angeles in connection with an evaluation and engagement report released by the County. She is facilitating a public dialogue series about the project called Civic Art Works with support from SPArt. 

Collaboration has been project-based or ongoing with America’s Black Holocaust Museum, California State University–Long Beach, City of Milwaukee, Community Arts Resources, Freewaves, Greater Milwaukee Committee for Community Development, Los Angeles Food Policy Council, Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, Los Angeles Urban Rangers, Los Angeles Walks, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Mike Kelley Foundation, Urban Land Institute, Watts House Project and Zeidler Center for Public Discussion. 

She received her Master of Public Art Studies degree at the University of Southern California (USC). She has served as a senior lecturer and program consultant with Otis College of Art’s Graduate Public Practice program and has additionally taught at USC, Woodbury University and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.