Bio: One-time circus ringmaster and former tsar of Special Events for the City of New York, Chris Wangro is acclaimed as one of the most imaginative impresarios of public space in America. After 4 dizzying decades of projects and programs Chris now leverages his expansive experience as a practitioner to work as a creative strategist for the design of public space. He is known for a keen ability to craft bespoke programming, placemaking and community-building strategies into public realm design - and to do so within the confines of budget and project parameters. He brings brass-tacks knowledge of infrastructure and production execution together with broad artistic vision and a passion for bringing people together in joyful, dynamic and unexpected ways. Over the course of four roller-coaster decades Wangro produced a mind-boggling expanse of projects that included dozens of prestigious concerts with crowds counted in the tens of thousands. He brought to life unique festivals & cultural programs as well as presidential summits, papal visits, pachyderm parades and mass public festivities seen around the world. Known as a master of spectacle he has been called upon by legends as diverse as The Dalai Lama & The Rolling Stones, with clients as different as NASCAR and The Vatican. A committed producer-activist, Chris masterminded numerous benchmark events for environmental, humanitarian and social justice organizations worldwide. His work has won prestigious awards, captured global media attention, and generated over a hundred million dollars for those in need.
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