Pauline Kanako Kamiyama
Pauline Kanako Kamiyama is Deputy Director of Civic Art for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. She is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing what is becoming one of the largest public art programs in the country, with over 40 active projects, ranging in size from $10,000 to $1 million. She manages the Creative Strategist Initiative that embeds artists in County Departments as part of the Arts Commission’s Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative. The Civic Art Program, which began in 2005, allocates 1 percent of county capital projects for public art.
Ms. Kamiyama has 20 years of experience in the arts and culture sector, primarily in civic and community-based institutions. Ms. Kamiyama is a strong advocate for community engagement with innovative problem-solving and collaborative strategies. She has a particular interest in creative placekeeping that brings artists, residents, business owners, civic and community stakeholders together to assess and build upon the unique physical and social character of a place through creative activities. She has worked on community development initiatives around issues of homelessness, cultural diversity and equity and health and sustainability. Ms. Kamiyama has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton and post-graduate studies in public administration.