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25 Creative Revolutionaries Lead the Way for Positive Change

What a year, 2020. As we look forward to 2021, where we hope to rise from the ashes, it seems more important than ever to recognize the creative professionals who will lead the way in affecting change.

Our amazing tribe of creative professionals is flush with individuals who have devoted their careers to making the world a more beautiful place. But their amazing projects have become, in this past year, stronger, deeper, more meaningful. Artists and their collaborators are tackling difficult issues of a social, political, or environmental nature. Their work is fueled by the desire to solve real-world problems, or to raise provocative questions, or to make us pay attention to the world around us.

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New York-based Michael Beneville specializes in realizing visions. As the creative director of multiple projects large and small, he wears many hats. He brings audacious ideas to life - from corporate headquarters, immersive retail pavilions and arts festivals, to privately commissioned books, films, and fine art. Beneville’s largest project to date is the Las Vegas Area 15 immersive and experiential retail bazaar, which re-imagines the shopping center concept.This is an unprecedented 200,000-square-foot entertainment complex featuring live performances, curated retail, virtual reality, interactive art and exclusive dining in a fusion of creativity and counter-culture. Meow Wolf is the anchor tenant of this groundbreaking development.

Grimanesa Amorós

Artist & Entrepeneur

Kim Curry-Evans, director of Scottsdale Public Art is photographed by the public art piece The Doors by Donald Lipski and Sound Passage by Jim Green in Scottsdale, Arizona Saturday July 7, 2018. (For the New York Times/ Laura Segall)

Working on the cutting edge of conceptual art based in new media, Natalie MacNamara, the Principal of NAMARA, lives by the mantra “Art can be anywhere.” Toronto-based NAMARA brings sophisticated conceptual artwork installations to global luxury brands, collaborating with well-known artists and architects to create mind-bending installations. NAMARA worked with Polymetis to develop Monument To Arctic Phenomena (M.A.P.) for the BRANTA outdoor clothing line.The work imparts the awe-inspiring display of the aurora borealis and the intangibility of arctic sea smoke, arising from the ice floe. NAMARA’s success is achieved by utilizing different models of art production and presentation, while meeting the constraints community environments.

Nancy Baker Cahill

Artist & Entrepeneur

Kim Curry-Evans, director of Scottsdale Public Art is photographed by the public art piece The Doors by Donald Lipski and Sound Passage by Jim Green in Scottsdale, Arizona Saturday July 7, 2018. (For the New York Times/ Laura Segall)

Working on the cutting edge of conceptual art based in new media, Natalie MacNamara, the Principal of NAMARA, lives by the mantra “Art can be anywhere.” Toronto-based NAMARA brings sophisticated conceptual artwork installations to global luxury brands, collaborating with well-known artists and architects to create mind-bending installations. NAMARA worked with Polymetis to develop Monument To Arctic Phenomena (M.A.P.) for the BRANTA outdoor clothing line.The work imparts the awe-inspiring display of the aurora borealis and the intangibility of arctic sea smoke, arising from the ice floe. NAMARA’s success is achieved by utilizing different models of art production and presentation, while meeting the constraints community environments.

Kim Boganey

Artist & Entrepeneur

Kim Curry-Evans, director of Scottsdale Public Art is photographed by the public art piece The Doors by Donald Lipski and Sound Passage by Jim Green in Scottsdale, Arizona Saturday July 7, 2018. (For the New York Times/ Laura Segall)

Working on the cutting edge of conceptual art based in new media, Natalie MacNamara, the Principal of NAMARA, lives by the mantra “Art can be anywhere.” Toronto-based NAMARA brings sophisticated conceptual artwork installations to global luxury brands, collaborating with well-known artists and architects to create mind-bending installations. NAMARA worked with Polymetis to develop Monument To Arctic Phenomena (M.A.P.) for the BRANTA outdoor clothing line.The work imparts the awe-inspiring display of the aurora borealis and the intangibility of arctic sea smoke, arising from the ice floe. NAMARA’s success is achieved by utilizing different models of art production and presentation, while meeting the constraints community environments.

Ben Busche

Artist & Entrepeneur

Kim Curry-Evans, director of Scottsdale Public Art is photographed by the public art piece The Doors by Donald Lipski and Sound Passage by Jim Green in Scottsdale, Arizona Saturday July 7, 2018. (For the New York Times/ Laura Segall)

Working on the cutting edge of conceptual art based in new media, Natalie MacNamara, the Principal of NAMARA, lives by the mantra “Art can be anywhere.” Toronto-based NAMARA brings sophisticated conceptual artwork installations to global luxury brands, collaborating with well-known artists and architects to create mind-bending installations. NAMARA worked with Polymetis to develop Monument To Arctic Phenomena (M.A.P.) for the BRANTA outdoor clothing line.The work imparts the awe-inspiring display of the aurora borealis and the intangibility of arctic sea smoke, arising from the ice floe. NAMARA’s success is achieved by utilizing different models of art production and presentation, while meeting the constraints community environments.

Erik Carlson and Erica Carpenter

Artist & Entrepeneur

Kim Curry-Evans, director of Scottsdale Public Art is photographed by the public art piece The Doors by Donald Lipski and Sound Passage by Jim Green in Scottsdale, Arizona Saturday July 7, 2018. (For the New York Times/ Laura Segall)

Working on the cutting edge of conceptual art based in new media, Natalie MacNamara, the Principal of NAMARA, lives by the mantra “Art can be anywhere.” Toronto-based NAMARA brings sophisticated conceptual artwork installations to global luxury brands, collaborating with well-known artists and architects to create mind-bending installations. NAMARA worked with Polymetis to develop Monument To Arctic Phenomena (M.A.P.) for the BRANTA outdoor clothing line.The work imparts the awe-inspiring display of the aurora borealis and the intangibility of arctic sea smoke, arising from the ice floe. NAMARA’s success is achieved by utilizing different models of art production and presentation, while meeting the constraints community environments.

Daniel Canogar

Artist & Entrepeneur

Kim Curry-Evans, director of Scottsdale Public Art is photographed by the public art piece The Doors by Donald Lipski and Sound Passage by Jim Green in Scottsdale, Arizona Saturday July 7, 2018. (For the New York Times/ Laura Segall)

Working on the cutting edge of conceptual art based in new media, Natalie MacNamara, the Principal of NAMARA, lives by the mantra “Art can be anywhere.” Toronto-based NAMARA brings sophisticated conceptual artwork installations to global luxury brands, collaborating with well-known artists and architects to create mind-bending installations. NAMARA worked with Polymetis to develop Monument To Arctic Phenomena (M.A.P.) for the BRANTA outdoor clothing line.The work imparts the awe-inspiring display of the aurora borealis and the intangibility of arctic sea smoke, arising from the ice floe. NAMARA’s success is achieved by utilizing different models of art production and presentation, while meeting the constraints community environments.

Amahl Hazelton

Artist & Entrepeneur

Kim Curry-Evans, director of Scottsdale Public Art is photographed by the public art piece The Doors by Donald Lipski and Sound Passage by Jim Green in Scottsdale, Arizona Saturday July 7, 2018. (For the New York Times/ Laura Segall)

Working on the cutting edge of conceptual art based in new media, Natalie MacNamara, the Principal of NAMARA, lives by the mantra “Art can be anywhere.” Toronto-based NAMARA brings sophisticated conceptual artwork installations to global luxury brands, collaborating with well-known artists and architects to create mind-bending installations. NAMARA worked with Polymetis to develop Monument To Arctic Phenomena (M.A.P.) for the BRANTA outdoor clothing line.The work imparts the awe-inspiring display of the aurora borealis and the intangibility of arctic sea smoke, arising from the ice floe. NAMARA’s success is achieved by utilizing different models of art production and presentation, while meeting the constraints community environments.

Daniel Iregui

Artist & Entrepeneur

Kim Curry-Evans, director of Scottsdale Public Art is photographed by the public art piece The Doors by Donald Lipski and Sound Passage by Jim Green in Scottsdale, Arizona Saturday July 7, 2018. (For the New York Times/ Laura Segall)

Working on the cutting edge of conceptual art based in new media, Natalie MacNamara, the Principal of NAMARA, lives by the mantra “Art can be anywhere.” Toronto-based NAMARA brings sophisticated conceptual artwork installations to global luxury brands, collaborating with well-known artists and architects to create mind-bending installations. NAMARA worked with Polymetis to develop Monument To Arctic Phenomena (M.A.P.) for the BRANTA outdoor clothing line.The work imparts the awe-inspiring display of the aurora borealis and the intangibility of arctic sea smoke, arising from the ice floe. NAMARA’s success is achieved by utilizing different models of art production and presentation, while meeting the constraints community environments.

David Lesort and Arnaud Giroud

Artist & Entrepeneur

Virginia Lung

Wendy Maruyama

Michael Mayer

Artist & Entrepeneur

Rebecca Mendez

Artist & Entrepeneur

Daniel Popper

Artist & Entrepeneur

Marci Reed

Joe Riché

Artist & Entrepeneur

Anthony Rowe

Artist & Entrepeneur

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Artist & Entrepeneur

Cliff Garten

Rodney Leon

Artist & Entrepeneur

John Grant

Artist & Entrepeneur

Carol Bentel

Artist & Entrepeneur