NEW WEBINAR: Enhancing Walkable Spaces through Public Art

America Walks Monthly Webinar

Enhancing Walkable Spaces through Public Art

(Art and Photo credit: Ophelia Chambliss)


Date/Time: June 10, 2020 at 2pm EST, 11am PST

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Promoting walking in communities with noticeable disinvestment can be difficult. Public art is one way to lend to the revitalization of a neighborhood and invite people to be part of the process. This webinar will feature ways public art has been used to embrace the culture and history of a community while promoting engaging, walkable spaces. This webinar is intended for those just starting out on the walking path as well as those interested in learning more about the topic.


You can access a live stream transcript of the webinar here.


Ophelia Chambliss is a muralist, artist, educator in York, Pennsylvania who creates custom murals and public art pieces. She specializes in murals that project a message, serve a purpose, create community, and are a reflection of her client’s mission and objectives. Process and progress are key components in her working methods. The process is planned and managed, with informative and visual updates. She works with her clients to meet their needs in regard to space, budget, audience, and participation. Ophelia has a master’s degree in Communications with an emphasis on semiotics, representation in the visual image, and discourse analysis. Ophelia possesses a bachelor’s degree in Communication with an emphasis on visual rhetoric and visual messages. Her experience and background in effective communication has proven beneficial in creating a visual image that is functional, informative, and aesthetically appealing. 


Karla Osete is an Artist in Residence at LaLinea Art Studio, Controller at CanAm Pepper Company, Mountain Bike Coach for the National Interscholastic Cycling Association and Former Vice President of 0S3 Movement. She was a 2017 Walking College fellow, has a master’s degree in Business Administration, bachelor’s in accounting and associate degree in Art and Dance.  Osete has been published on billboards, participated in national art exhibits and obtained various best of show awards, grantee of the Arizona Commission on the Arts and recently published by the Nogales International Newspaper as one of the 2020 Shinning Stars for her “Giant Bike” sculpture at MonteCarlo Trails and several mural contributions to her bordertown Nogales, Arizona.




Melissa Johnson, Cultural Recreation Manager, has been with the Town of Matthews Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resource Department since August 2017.  She manages the Matthews Community Center and the McDowell Arts Center, oversees summer camps and all programs at these facilities, and oversees public art for the Town of Matthews.  Melissa Johnson is a native of Matthews, NC, currently residing in Waxhaw, NC.  She is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Recreation Management and obtained her Master of Education in Therapeutic Recreation from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. 



About Kelli McIntyre

Kelli McIntyre (she/her) is the Communications Associate for America Walks. With a background in exercise and sport science and over 15 years of experience in health and wellness program design and management, Kelli’s passions lie in human rights, social justice, and livable community advocacy. Kelli is a 2016 Walking College graduate and for the past 5 years has worked to inspire joyful movement, grow support for livable communities, and advance health justice at Get Healthy Philly, the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. With a B.S. in Athletic Training from Boston University and an M.A. in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kelli is a lifelong learner and currently a 2020 candidate for MPH at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a member of the inaugural class of Bloomberg Fellows. Kelli is mom to an energetic teenager- Jack, a weekend warrior, a beginner yogi, an urban gardener, a loving basketball coach, a baby sister, neighborhood auntie, and an avid walker.