Margaret's Bio

Margaret Hammon


Master of Public Administration
California State University Long Beach

Master of Arts
California State University Fullerton

Bachelor of Arts
California State University Fullerton

Work Experience

Public Art Consultant for the City of Santa Fe Springs

Cultural Arts Administrator, City of Santa Fe Springs 1987-2006

Served in leadership positions at La Habra Children’s Museum (director), Muckenthaler Cultural Center (director), Bowers Mobile Museum Director (In the cities of Santa Ana, La Habra and Fullerton)

Key Accomplishments and Responsibilities in Public Art

  • Established the City's Public Art Program and drafted the original ordinance.
  • Created the content and ambience of a major historic site for two decades and oversaw its complex operation and cultural special events.
  • Oversaw the installation of 68 works of public art ranging in budgets of $50,000 to $400,000 and numerous museum exhibits.
  • Responsible for maintenance and conservation for the public art collection and historical landmarks.
  • Acted in key roles for the establishment of two public art Sculpture Gardens.
  • Served as in the staff representative to the Public Art Committee and responsible for all public art presentations to the City Council for 18 years.
  • Developed policies and ordinance changes for the program as it grew.
  • Created collaborations with several school districts and three private schools to fund extensive art education programs requested by teachers and principals.
  • Assisted developers new to the City to navigate the public art process.
  • Served on the Executive Board of the Rio Hondo Symphony for creating lasting music programs including an annual trip to the symphony for five elementary schools using public art funds.

Selected Honors

The Snake Basket Fountain by artist Michael Davis is named one of the best fountains in California by Westways Magazine in 2005 and featured on cover.

Helen Putman Award Grand Prize for Art and the Quality of Life Division of Library & Cultural Services 2001. League of California Cities. Prepared application materials covering the City's cultural programs.

Received Honorary Membership of the Tongva Gabrieleño by the Tribal Council for working and partnering with the City of Santa Fe Springs to develop an accurate outdoor exhibit representing their pre-Columbus era lifestyle.

Appointed Distinguished Alumni of the Year by Graduate Center of Public Policy and Administration CSULB in 1999.

Soaring Dreams Plaza receives a Los Angeles Beautiful Award for Business and Industry in 1993.

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