Saturday, November 05, 2016

a week from today: Intersection Mixtape and Playback Your Story community engagement events

From: Jess Greenspan
Sent: Thursday, October 27, 2016 4:11 PM
Subject: Fwd: Two Local Community Engagement Events - Request

Good afternoon Scott,

My name is Jess Greenspan, I work at the Van Alen Institute in New York. We're a nonprofit that develops cross-disciplinary research, public programs, and design competitions that investigate the most pressing social, cultural, and ecological challenges of tomorrow, and we're hosting two local D.C. events.

In an attempt to spread the word about the events, we are wondering if you'd be able to share our flyer, below, with your network. Are you able to help me with that? 

Information and links are included below. Basically, the program is made up of two events that promote place-making and community engagement in order to preserve the neighborhood's fabric and culture, near Mid City East. It will be a mix of video, music, improv and interviews with locals.

The events will take place Saturday, November 12. Please let me know if you can help.



Jess Greenspan
Competitions Intern Fall 2016
Van Alen Institute

Join us for Intersection Mixtape and Playback Your Story community engagement events in DC

Van Alen Institute and the DC Office of Planning are pleased to invite you to attend Intersection Mixtape and Playback Your Storya series of public programs and interventions to unite communities through narrative, vibrations, and the built environmentEvents include:
Intersection Mixtape
Site-specific artistic interventions by DC artists collective Furthermore that include mixtapes of local histories and multimedia explorations of neighborhood demographic shifts
When: November 12, 2016 12:00 - 3:00 P.M.
Where: The lot on the corner of Bates and North Capitol Streets NW,
Mid City East


Playback Your Story
Playback Theatre performances by John Johnson and company who specialize in improvisational play that involves a mix of theater and sign language. After conducting over twenty interviews in the neighborhood in September, John will highlight community narratives and stories through theatre.
When: November 12, 2016 4:00 - 7:00 P.M.
Where: Olmsted Green, Gallaudet University



About Van Alen

At Van Alen Institute, we believe design can transform cities, landscapes, and regions to improve people’s lives. We collaborate with communities, scholars, policymakers, and professionals on local and global initiatives that rigorously investigate the most pressing social, cultural, and ecological challenges of tomorrow. Building on more than a century of experience, we develop cross-disciplinary research, provocative public programs, and inventive design competitions
Twitter: @van_alen
Instagram: @van_alen
Facebook: /vanaleninstitute

About DC Office of Planning
Office of Planning's mission is to guide development of the District of Columbia, including the preservation and revitalization of our distinctive neighborhoods, by informing decisions, advancing strategic goals, encouraging the highest quality outcomes, and engaging all communities. OP performs planning for neighborhoods, corridors, districts, historic preservation, public facilities, parks and open spaces, and individual sites. In addition, OP engages in urban design, land use, and historic preservation review. OP also conducts historic resources research and community visioning, and manages, analyzes, maps, and disseminates spatial and US Census data. and
Twitter:@OPinDC #CrossingtheStreet #creativeplacemaking



The Crossing the Street grant initiative is made possible through a grant from the Kresge Foundation. The initiative, taking place in select neighborhoods around the District that are experiencing rapid demographic and social change, aims is to create more locally sensitive public spaces that promote health, happiness, and neighborhood wellbeing by engaging in civic activities that capitalize on community assets.

Jess Greenspan
Competitions Intern Fall 2016
Van Alen Institute

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