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Sarah Filley is an artist and social entrepreneur based in Oakland, Ca bringing design thinking to city scale.
As CEO & Cofounder of Popuphood she advocates for micro entrepreneurs, designs adaptive spaces, creative places, strategic policies, and innovative systems to accelerate inclusive, equitable, and sustainable growth for the cities of the future.
She has co-created seminars for tactical urbanism and urban prototyping at California College of Arts, serves as an Advisory Board Member for Newaukee in Milwaukee, WI., sits on the Business and Economic Development Advisory Committee for the California State Assembly, and served as a judge for the 2014 NEA Our Town Grant. As a participant in a prestigious roster of national organizations she has lent her creative approach to local economic development to international cities, national panels, and webinars. Popuphood was awarded participation in the 2012 Venice Biennale for Architecture US pavilion in Venice, Italy and in the 2013 Venice Biennale in Chicago, IL.
She is quoted in global reports like ArtPlace and PSFK along with the national press like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Fast Company, The Huffington Post and some other places.
Her artistic practice explores themes of preparedness and paranoia, extension and prosthesis (erotic, spiritual, ecological) through the lens of our present urban condition in sculptures, photography, and public works exhibited in museums and galleries nationally. Her practice uses humor and technology in the service of wonder to re-engage citizens with the city as a platform, resulting in a dynamic reflection of social, economic, and historical forces; our dreams, hopes and deepest desires.