Creative Counties

About this Series

This series, created by the National Association of Counties (NACo) – in partnership with Americans for the Arts and with support from the National Endowment for the Arts – is built to provide county officials with a better understanding of how their communities can use arts and culture to transform place and solve local challenges.

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  • Creative Counties: Engaging Artists in the Community Development Process

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/26/2019

    ThebuildingcommunityWORKSHOP​ [bc] is a Texas based nonprofit community design center seeking to improve the livability and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design and making. They enrich the lives of citizens by bringing design thinking to areas of our city where resources are most scarce. To do so, [bc] recognizes that it must first understand the social, economic, and environmental issues facing a community before beginning work. Join us as we hear from Lizzie MacWillie, bcWORKSHOP’s Associate Director, Dallas who will present on the work of buildingcommunityWORKSHOP. She will focus on their creative placemaking work, including Activating Vacancy [bc]'s multiyear arts programs, and their community based architecture work, all of which place resident and community collaboration at the forefront. Lizzie will share specific examples of engagement methods and how these methods are integrated into [bc]'s overall practice.

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     About this Webinar

    The buildingcommunityWORKSHOP [bc] is a Texas based nonprofit community design center seeking to improve the livability and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design and making. They enrich the lives of citizens by bringing design thinking to areas of our city where resources are most scarce. To do so, [bc] recognizes that it must first understand the social, economic, and environmental issues facing a community before beginning work. Join us as we hear from Lizzie MacWillie, bcWORKSHOP’s Associate Director, Dallas who will present on the work of buildingcommunityWORKSHOP. She will focus on their creative placemaking work, including Activating Vacancy [bc]'s multiyear arts programs, and their community based architecture work, all of which place resident and community collaboration at the forefront. Lizzie will share specific examples of engagement methods and how these methods are integrated into [bc]'s overall practice.

    Learning Objectives

    Attendees will...

    • Learn how [bc] integrates design and community engagement
    • Learn the Activating Vacancy process, from ideation to celebration
    • Learn about the various community engagement methods employed by [bc]

    Lizzie MacWillie

    buildingcommunityWORKSHOP

    Director at buildingcommunityWORKSHOP. Lizzie brings to the team critical design experience managing [bc]’s multi-year creative placemaking initiative, Activating Vacancy, an initiative focused on bringing people together to share food, stories, art, experience, and histories as well as enabling neighbors to talk, to learn, and to organize.  This activation leads to cultural, physical, and political changes that can revitalize neighborhoods, improve infrastructure and bring economic benefits to residents.

    Prior to joining [bc] in her current role, Lizzie was a part of OMA/AMO in Rotterdam, NL. She received a Master of Architecture in Urban Design and a Master of Design Studies in Art, Design and the Public Domain from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor of Architecture from CarnegieMellon University.

    Twitter: @bcworkshops  

    Website: www.bcworkshop.org

  • Creative Counties: Developing Successful Maker Spaces

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/29/2019

    What are makerspaces and how can they be leveraged to impact communities? Community makerspaces can impact communities as centers for education and/or economic development. This talk will explore these grassroots organizations and the work they are doing to teach through hands-on exploration, and creative problem-solving. It will look at what these spaces are doing do to transform communities and to support small business development. It will also give some insights about the types of support community makerspaces need to thrive. By exploring some successful community/makerspace partnerships, you will learn about some of the possibilities that can create positive impacts in the arts, in small business development, and in technology education within your community.

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     About this Webinar

    What are makerspaces and how can they be leveraged to impact communities?  Community makerspaces can impact communities as centers for education and/or economic development. This talk will explore these grassroots organizations and the work they are doing to teach through hands-on exploration, and creative problem-solving.  It will look at what these spaces are doing do to transform communities and to support small business development.  It will also give some insights about the types of support community makerspaces need to thrive. By exploring some successful community/makerspace partnerships, you will learn about some of the possibilities that can create positive impacts in the arts, in small business development, and in technology education within your community.  

    Learning Objectives

    Attendees will...

    • Gain a basic understanding of the services that makerspaces may offer
    • See case studies of successful community / makerspace partnerships that have had significant positive impacts on their neighborhoods
    • Learn about the largest needs of these community spaces and how to support them
    • Come away with next-steps and suggestions for building successful partnerships with both non-profit and for-profit makerspaces

    Jennifer Deafenbaugh

    Data Visualization Specialist and Makerspace Advocate

    Jennifer Deafenbaugh is a data visualization specialist and makerspace advocate. She is presently leading the Data Working Group within the Nation of Makers organization to conduct their Annual Survey of Makerspaces and report out about the findings on MakeTheData.org. Jennifer helped found Make Nashville, a non-profit makerspace in Nashville, TN, serving as both a board member and the Director of Educational Programming. Serving the maker community is a volunteer side-venture for her. By day she works as a Multimedia Instructional Designer at Schneider Electric, and she has recently received a MPS in Information Visualization from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

    Twitter: @ittybittyartist  

    Websites

    Nation of Makers - nationofmakers.us 

    Make the Data – makethedata.org  

    Personal Portfolio - jenniferdeafenbaugh.com