Margaret Bodell is a nationally recognized consultant specializing in Placemaking and Creative Economy Initiatives, especially involving people who have few outlets for expression and/or contribution to their local communities.
Margaret Bodell was selected as one of the top 20 executive leaders in the arts attending the leadership forum held in Sundance, Utah hosted by Robert Redford and Americans for the Arts in 2014. Margaret is known in the northeast region for initiating and managing Project Storefronts for the City of New Haven, which became a national model for space reuse, which was awarded the first Creative Economy award by the New England Foundation for the Arts and also earned an award from the Arts Council of Greater New Haven.
Bodell, with the Office of the Arts at the State of Connecticut, co-authored a winning 2013-2014 Artplace grant for $500,000—the only state-wide grant awarded by the organization—for CreateHereNow, a statewide space reuse program which emphasized mentoring community leadership and space reactivation in thirteen cities and towns in the State of Connecticut.
Margaret’s background includes pioneering work in the field of engagement in the arts for persons of all abilities. She consults on the development of studios, galleries and creative social venture businesses nationwide. Her projects include Pure Vision Arts (NYC), LAND gallery (Brooklyn), GROW Arts (Chicago); Uarts (CT), East Street Arts (CT) and SoCCA Southington Community Cultural Arts (CT) a new model art center specializing in ‘all access’ opportunities for persons to create and earn income.
Margaret’s current project as a community based artist won a Regi Grant from the Fairfield Cultural Council. Save the Singers is a community-mending project exploring the history of textiles in Fairfield County, and refurbishes vintage Singer sewing machines—bringing back the history, craft and cultural contributions.