Though I enjoy camping, I do admit I like my creature comforts when traveling--especially clean bedroom/bathroom. I'm fascinated by all kinds of places: urban, rural, even suburban. I travel mostly within the U.S., especially for work, but am interested in seeing more of the world. Through my business, Metris Arts Consulting, I'm a researcher, writer, advocate, and speaker for how arts and culture can strengthen communities and vice versa. I write and speak extensively about creative placemaking and arts spaces.