guerrilla marketing paint-by-numbers community mural for client Regional Art Commission

How do we allow joy and creativity to shine through in everyday living?


How can we create positive change through affirmations of what we imagine could be, over condemnations of what is?


How do cultural producers help society and system conductors radically re-imagine better ways?


Mallory Nezam is a creative city consultant who loves cities and believes that we have the tools to make them more equitable and joyful. She specializes in creative placemaking/keeping/knowing, cultural equity, and equitable community development. Her cross-sector practice engages government, artists, advocacy groups, elected officials, community members and urban planners to de-silo the way we run cities. She has helped build inaugural Arts & Culture teams in non-arts organizations at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council of Boston, Transportation for America and PolicyLink. While at Transportation for America, she co-wrote a national field scan on arts, culture and transportation which continues to serve as a roadmap for creative placemaking in transportation. She currently tours the U.S. delivering workshops and trainings to local government, community organizations and arts institutions about the value of engaging arts and equity, and collaborates on creative placemaking projects throughout the country. As a St. Louis, MO native, she is the founder of STL Improv Anywhere, and co-founder of #ChalkedUnarmed and the St. Louis Artivists. Through her art practice she disarms and disrupts public space norms using play and participatory performance, and is 1/3 of the art collective MADAD (De Nichols & Damon Davis). She holds a Masters of Design from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and her research focuses on the racial equity impacts of artists residencies in local government. She’s currently a fellow at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute of Design & the Arts, a 2020 Monument Lab Transnational Fellow and sits on the Local Government Advisory Committee for ArtPlace America. She serves on the Board of Midwest Artist Project Services and is an Advisor for We Rise Production.

When I'm not making magical public spaces,  she can be found teaching slow flow vinyasa yoga.


She is based in Oakland, CA.

  • Design creative placemaking strategies and plans for cities, towns & municipalities

  • Creative facilitation of meetings, strategic planning, workshops

  • Deliver trainings and workshops on creative placemaking and equitable leadership

  • Design systems for interdisciplinary &/or interdepartmental collaboration

  • Develop equity-centered communications strategy

  • Make projects and events more interactive, engaging for audience

  • Develop site-specific artworks

  • Public speaking on public art, civic engagement, arts marketing, and social practice art

  • Triple axels

  • Double axels

  • Axels

  • Other peoples' taxes

  • Baking

  • 5 a.m. Zoom calls


Oakland, CA

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