Next City selects Arts Council’s Bryan C. Lee, Jr. as a 2015 Vanguard


Arts Council New Orleans Place + Civic Design Director Bryan C. Lee, Jr.’s joins international-media-nonprofit Next City’s highly competitive 2015 Vanguard Class and will participate in the sixth annual Vanguard Conference in Reno, Nevada, May 6-8.

This highly competitive and worldwide search gathers top urban innovators under forty working to change cities. Designed to bring together professionals working across disciplines and sectors, each Vanguard class includes competitively selected policymakers and politicians, architects and urban planners, artists and media makers. The Vanguards will convene in Reno for a three-day series of presentations, workshops and neighborhood tours organized around the theme “Tactical Growth for a Smarter Future.”

Bryan’s selection advances the Arts Council’s mission to join the national conversation about the impact design and social issues on art in public spaces.   

“I am very much interested in the manner by which art, design, and architecture can play a transformative role in disinherited neighborhoods and, in particular, the collective public spaces that bind us together as community,” Bryan said.  “I am privileged to have the opportunity to work with these themes and their broader implications in New Orleans and I look forward to learning, exploring, and joining the Next City Vanguard class in Reno!”

At the Arts Council, Bryan oversees initiatives that generate public interest in design through art, placement, and architecture. His experience ranges from work involving residential and academic buildings to projects at commercial, federal, and institutional sites in southeastern Louisiana.  Bryan strives to entwine his passions for architecture, art, and social justice through his work at the Arts Council. 

Please join us in congratulating Bryan on this remarkable honor.  We are immensely proud to have him as member of the Arts Council team, working together to advance the creative future of New Orleans.