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Milenko Matanovic  

A community builder, visual artist, and a founding director of Pomegranate Center

Milenko Matanovic is a community builder, visual artist, and a founding director of Pomegranate Center, an arena in which art, public participation, and community betterment converge. Through Pomegranate Center, Matanovic facilitates the conception and construction of open-air gathering places, involving community members in all phases of the project. In collaboration with artist James Hubbell, Matanovic led architecture students from four countries in the creation of parks in China, Russia, Mexico, and the United States. Matanovic has developed and facilitated strategic planning sessions, leadership summits, and design workshops for dozens of communities regionally, nationally and internationally. He is the author of three books, the most recent of which is Multiple Victories—Pomegranate Center’s Art of Creating Community-Built Gathering Places. In 2005 he was honored with the Home Magazine Shelter Award for his imaginative works to bolster the social well-being of neighborhoods nationwide. He received the Leadership Legacy Award from the Center for Ethical Leadership in 2009 and the Leadership Award from the Evergreen State Society in Washington State in 1997

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