Candy Chang is an artist who believes in the power of public spaces to help make sense of our communities and ourselves. Recent work includes “I Wish This Was”, a public art project that invites people to write what they want in vacant storefronts, and “Before I Die”, a public art project where residents can reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in public space. The Atlantic called it “one of the most creative community projects ever.” Chang is a TED Senior Fellow, an Urban Innovation Fellow and was named a “Live Your Best Life” Local Hero by Oprah Magazine. By combining street art with urban planning, activism, and introspection, she has been recognized as a leader in developing new strategies for the design of cities. Chang received a BS in Architecture, a BFA in Graphic Design and an MA in Urban Planning from Columbia University.