Rural Arts & Design: a Proven Strategy Toward Equity, Affordable Homes and Stronger Local Economies

Date: Mon, April 15
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Organizer: Housing Assistance Council (HAC)

Join the HAC and bcWORKSHOP for an interactive discussion along with vivid examples of arts, design, and placemaking fueling local economies and leading to equitable development and affordable homes even in the poorest and most remote rural communities.

Discussion will highlight West Virginia-based Woodlands Development Group, which has fostered and financed an arts-based community building strategy that is a national model for local buy-in, sustainability, and linkages to broader strategies lifting all income levels. See how Woodlands and other local leaders have paved the way.

Participants will learn about:

  1. Resources available through both HAC and other national entities that can bolster locally-driven design & placemaking;
  2. How CIRD can continue to empower local institutions with sustained capacity; and
  3. Strategies for addressing barriers (or best practices) around making design and placemaking work.

People & Places participants will do more than learn about exciting rural design and placemaking best practices: their input will help guide HAC's multi-year implementation of a driving force behind

On tap: Part 1 of the session jumps into successes across the country often in communities with few resources beyond their local civic pride and know-how reflecting how design and placemaking are catalytic to affordable homes, local economic growth, and equity. Case study highlights from Appalachia, Colonias on the U.S.-Mexico border, and Indian Country will reflect the breadth and diversity of design and place-based strategies.

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