Megan Koza Mitchell (@megankoza) is Executive Development Director for the New Orleans Film Society, Director of Guns in the Hands of Artists Foundation and also manages The Hope Photo Project (@hopephotoproject), both located in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a curator and academic, Mitchell’s research focuses on the reformation of identity in the wake of trauma, specifically in regard to public art and public space. Koza Mitchell is interested in the ways that visual interpretations of trauma can create, or recreate, collective cultural identity following catastrophic events, as well as the social and cultural ramifications of public art. Mitchell has contributed to various exhibition catalogues and outlets for contemporary art criticism including Prosepct.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp. She lives and works in New Orleans, Louisiana.