Mike Blockstein is a visual artist and educator working in community-based art that explores the intersections of artistic process and civic engagement. His interdisciplinary projects utilize a “sense of place” as a mechanism to address social, cultural and built environments. He has developed public art and education programs projects bringing together multi-service agencies throughout the U.S. His extensive background includes his tenure as Executive Director of Southern Exposure, a San Francisco nonprofit artists' organization, the creation and implementation of numerous community-based public art projects, and in curatorial practice. Underscoring his unique background in arts and civic issues, he holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is the creator, lead artist and educator of A Chinatown Banquet a nationally-recognized interdisciplinary community-based public art, education and leadership development project based on the forces that have shaped and continue to shape Boston Chinatown. He is a recipient of a Bridge residency for artists working in communities at the Headlands Center for the Arts, a former Board President of the National Association of Artists Organizations (NAAO), and has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. Mike is leading cross-disciplinary art and community-building projects in Los Angeles that bring together artists, urban planners, architects and oral historians to work with youth and young adults in projects that explore neighborhood history, character and context. He has lectured internationally in Toronto, Montreal and Vittoria, Spain and extensively nationally at colleges, universities and conferences that range the gamut from art to education to curatorial practice to community development in the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Dallas, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.