Neighborhood Summit 2016
Friday, November 11, 6 to 8 p.m., Intrinsic Smokehouse & Brewery, 507 W. State Street, Garland
Before the conference, get a taste of what's to come at the Pre-Summit Mixer! Mix and mingle with neighborhood leaders, City staff and more in a casual setting as you enjoy the creation of a street mural by professional artist, Anat Ronen. More details coming soon!
Evan Weissman, Warm Cookes of the Revolution, Denver, CO
Evan Weissman is the founding executive director of Warm Cookies of the Revolution, the world's first Civic Health Club. Warm Cookies of the Revolution uses innovative events and programming to create opportunities for citizens to exercise their "civic health". Events range from "What's Brewin'?, (a dumb name for great program on budget priorities and beer)", to "Stompin' Ground Games, a Neighborhood Olympics of Art and Civic Pride". He was a member of the award-winning Buntport Theater Company for over 12 years as playwright, director, designer and actor. Evan was formerly a Kellogg Foundation Leadership for Community Change Fellow with Mi Casa Resource Center for Woment, Jane Addams-Andrew Carnegie Fellow for Leadership and Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University, and founding organizer of Colorado Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Social and Economic Justice. He also teaches courses on nonviolence at The Colorado College. He lives in Denver with his wife Kristin and son Ezra.
|12:30 p.m.||Registration Opens|
|1 p.m.||Welcome & Introductions|
|2:30 p.m.||Breakout Session 1|
|3:30 p.m.||Breakout Session 2/Tour|
Neighboring in the 21st Century
Activating Assets: Building your Home from the Ground Up
Nicole Foster, Ph.D., Neighborhood Vitality Specialist, City of Garland
Any new venture requires some level of networking, asset building and identification of resources. In your efforts to transform a community from a cluster of houses to a collective “home”, many of your assets can be found right next door, waiting to be discovered. So whether you are looking to install speed humps, or organize an annual block party, join us to learn how you can identify and activate the assets and resources within your neighborhood and beyond!
Home is Where the "Art: Is: Expressing Neighborhood Identity Through Community Art
Emily Goodrum, Senior Neighborhood Planner, City of Garland & Anat Ronen, Professional Artist
Typically, a house doesn’t feel like a home until you put those finishing touches: curtains, paintings, family photos – expressions of who you are. Attend this session to learn how to express yourself as a neighborhood and gain practical tips for creatively building your community through public art projects and events.
Home is Where the "Art" Is: Chalk Art 101
Anat Ronen, Professional Artist
Whether the word “art” evokes excitement or fear, this is the session for you! Professional artist, Anat Ronen, will lead you in a hands on workshop teaching the basics of sidewalk chalk art. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves as you experience the benefits of fusing neighborhood involvement with chalk art expression. All skill levels welcome.
Leveraging Small Projects to Mobilize Your CommunityEsmeralda de la Cruz, Senior Planner, Neighborhood Services, City of Plano
Building stronger communities includes mobilizing your community. One great way involves getting neighbors to volunteer, donate, or otherwise support a community-wide project. Join us to learn how neighborhoods in Garland and Plano took advantage of city grant funding and came together to pour their love and labor into their beautification project.
Neighborhood Pride Tour
Join us to tour local neighborhoods who have rallied together to complete neighborhood enhancements projects. Be inspired as you see the expressions of neighborhood pride and identity by Travis College Hill Addition, and New World Crime Watch. Limited spaces available.
For more information, call 972-208-8150, or email BEST@plano.gov