Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Scholarships available for Southeastern US Creative Placemaking Leadership Summits

Email from Leonardo Vazquez at Arts Builds Communities:
Thanks to a grant from The Educational Foundation of America, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking can provide 10 full scholarships to the Southeast Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit (March 15 and 16 in Chattanooga) and 20 to the Appalachian Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit (June 21 and 22 in Charleston, WV).

Scholarships for the Southeast Leadership Summit will go to social practice artists or representatives of community development, economic development or cultural organizations which serve residents of the Black Belt region. The scholarships cover admission to the two-day program.

Scholarships for the Appalachian Leadership Summit will go to social practice artists or representatives of community development, economic development or cultural organizations which serve residents of the Appalachian region. The scholarships cover admission to the two-day program.

This is a rare opportunity to build your skills in creative placemaking and build connections with people who can help you help communities.

To be considered for the scholarship, please send a request of no more than 2 pages to leo@artsbuildcommunities.com 
In your request, describe the work that you do or have done to benefit communities in either the Black Belt or Appalachia, and what you hope to learn while at the program. If you are given the scholarship, please expect to 'pay forward' what you learned within six months. (You can conduct a workshop, create an event, or do a presentation to an influential group.)

The deadline for the Southeast Leadership Summits is February 23. For the Appalachian Leadership Summit, it is March 30. 
Please contact Leo at leo@artsbuildcommunities.com if you have any questions.
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WRT arts-based revitalization and/or cultural planning issues, see these past blog entries:

-- "Arts, culture districts and revitalization," 2009
-- "Naturally occurring innovation districts | Technology districts and the tech sector," 2014
-- "BTMFBA: the best way to ward off artist or retail displacement is to buy the building," 2016
-- "Dancing with the one that brung ya and challenging the dominant narrative," 2008

DC cultural planning

-- "Cultural resources planning in DC: In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king," 2007
-- "The Howard and Lincoln Theatres: run them like the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust/Playhouse Square Cleveland model," 2012
-- "The song remains the same: DC's continued failures in cultural planning as evidenced by failures with Bohemian Caverns, Howard Theatre, Union Arts, Takoma Theatre...," 2016

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