Constance Hockaday is a communication and creative consultant for humans working in groups. She has been facilitating meaningful conversations and organizational trainings on conflict and communication with scaling startups, career artists, musicians, grassroots nonprofits, small businesses, and indigenous communities living in resistance for almost 20 years.
She has masters degrees in both Conflict Resolution Strategies and Socially Engaged Art and believes the most important part of transforming conflict into creative enterprise is the ability to genuinely express our desires. Defining what we want from our life and yearn for in our work is something we must learn and practice everyday.
She is also a creative director and visual artist who creates experimental public art that confront issues surrounding public space, political voice, and belonging.
In 2011, she created the Boatel, a floating art hotel in NYC’s Far Rockaways made of refurbished salvaged boats-- an effort to reconnect New Yorkers to their waterfront. The project attracted 5000+ visitors, international press and critical acclaim. The New York Times described her 2014 piece All These Darlings and Now Us--as a “powerful commentary on the forces of technification and gentrification roiling San Francisco.” Her work has been supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, MAP Fund, Kennith Rainin Foundation, Puffin Foundation, SF MOMA, Mills College Art Museum, Parrish Art Museum, The Untitled Art Fair, and many other less risk adverse arts organizations.
She is currently an artist in residence at UCLA and a Senior TED Fellow.