Maesie Speer

The challenge of building creative spaces that keep up with an ever-changing world will be the subject of an Oregon Humanities talk in Lincoln City this Sunday, Feb. 17.

Maesie Speer of the Caldera Arts Center near Sisters will explore these interconnected issues in a talk titled “Ecology of Creative Space: Gathering Inspiration from the Natural World.”

“Oregon is experiencing a shift in the landscape of creative spaces in our communities,” she said. “Population changes, (dis)investment, public policy or the lack of it, and climate change have all had a hand in opening, closing, and changing places that are important to us culturally and creatively.”

Speer was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, and is passionate about building inclusive and nurturing creative spaces. Prior to moving to Central Oregon, Speer lived in Portland, where she administered arts and culture initiatives and scholarship programs for the Oregon Community Foundation and worked as a health education consultant.

Sunday’s talk, which is free and open to all, will start at 2 pm at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101.

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