Moira Villiard is one of 20 young people from around the country selected to be a part of the Emerging City Champions fellowship program, which intends to build connected cities.
Villiard, a visual artist, will run sober art shows with audience participation, followed by a community dinner, according to a news release from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. She is also the cultural program coordinator at AICHO.
The fellowship is open to people between the ages of 19-35, and submissions were evaluated for innovation, potential impact and the applicant's leadership qualities. Other winning ideas include the restoration of old signs to include local artists, in Aberdeen, S.D., a mental health gym in Macon, Ga., and a podcast promoting connection in the Hmong community in St. Paul.
Villiard will receive $5,000 in seed money, leadership training and other tools for her project. She will also attend a four-day workshop in Toronto.