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C. Meranda Flachs-Surmanek


I’m a practicing artist, researcher and consultant that works across the fields of community development, theatre and public health. I study the centrality of aesthetics to navigating complex social issues. I draw upon my training in theatre and urban planning to develop joyful, creative and accessible democratic processes and grassroots advocacy projects that drive social and systems change.

With Civic Arts, I am developing a creative workforce development program for artists and health workers that contributes to community wellbeing in three pilot U.S. cities. As a Co-Investigator (aka researcher) with the University of Florida’s Center for Arts in Medicine, I am collaborating to develop a Core Outcomes Set for the arts in public health.

As an artist, I explore these fundamental questions, with gratitude to Arlene Goldbard: Who are we? What do we stand for? How do we want to be remembered? 

As an urban planner, I recognize that demoracy works best when everyday people are empowered, invited, and supported to participate.

As both, I build initiatives—aimed at systems, cultures, and policies—that advance health and wellbeing in communities recognizing that novel, humanistic approaches are necessary to deal with complex social challenges.

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Email: merandissime [AT] gmail [DOT] com
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