This Sunday will kick-off the Brownfields 2011 Conference, one of the nation’s most comprehensive events focused on environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment. The three day event will be held at the PA Convention Center – which is coincidentally right across the street from the GRID HQ!
I could gush on and on about the conference’s unrivaled line-up of events (see the full schedule here), but I’ll save you the time, and instead highlight one workshop that I’m particularly excited about, called “Creativity and Development: Arts as a Driver of Economic Revitalization.”
This workshop is particularly note-worthy, because it features two organizations featured in the pages of GRID: the Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG- Feb. 2011) and Future Farmers (creators of the Soil Kitchen – April 2011). MAAG’s president and co-founder, Linda Slodki will moderate, while Future Farmer’s Amy Franceschini will be a featured panelist.
The workshop will focus on how creative projects further the livability of communities and assist in transforming otherwise drab sites into beautiful/green/sustainable places that foster artistic learning and expression. The workshop’s three panelists will discuss their own sustainably-minded art projects. Prepare for a major dose of artistic inspiration.
Track: Keeping Communities Engaged
Moderator: Linda Slodki, Mt. Airy Art Garage
- Amy Franceschini, Future Farmers
- Gary Steuer, City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy
- Mel Chin, Operation Paydirt and The Fundred Dollar Bill Project