We are postponing this event in light of COVID-19. We hope to reschedule in the fall and will share additional information as it becomes available.
What does it mean for a community to know and grow out of the genius of its place? Beyond its latitude and longitude, is there anything unique about the Centre Region? If so, how can we use it to nurture our communities? How can we employ our regional identity to improve our lives and the lives of those around us? Samuel Dodd (architectural history) and Angela Sprunger (art and community) from Athens, Ohio, will discuss creative placemaking and employ storytelling and offer concrete examples of development of local commerce, local decision making, and relationship with a local academic institution. Participants will learn from the experience of another small, Appalachian town, and consider ways that embracing our geographic and cultural identity can benefit almost every facet of our lives. Following the presentation, a panel of local community leaders will respond and help to facilitate further conversation.