Allentza Michel is the Program Officer for The Humanities, Arts, and Culture; her primary focus is on the Academy's Commission on the Arts.
Allentza Michel is an urban planner and social practice artist with experience in community and research. She brings to the Academy 17 years of diverse experience across community arts, economic and workforce development, education, food security, public health and transportation. Allentza incorporates her love of arts and culture as much as possible into her work; from creative placemaking to creative writing. She earned a Master's in Public Policy from Tufts University's Department of Urban & Environmental Planning and Policy, and Bachelors in English and Social and Political Systems. She was the inaugural fellow for Association for Community Design in 2015 and a 2016 Creative Community Fellow with National Arts Strategies. Ms. Michel has founded and co-founded several non-profit organizations and community initiatives and has also served as a grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts.