Creative Counties: Engaging Artists in the Community Development Process

Recorded On: 07/26/2019


 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


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  



Engaging Artists in the Community Development Process Webinar
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