PACDC Forward Equitable Development Conference Conversation #4 – Sep 2

Posted by Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations on September 1, 2020

Join us on September 2nd for the culminating Forward Equitable Development Conference Conversation featuring Nigel Charles, Laura Otten, and Edgar Villanueva at 10:30 am EST, followed by outstanding workshops using a myriad set of tools and insights to advance equity at the neighborhood level at 12 noon.

Date and Time: Wednesday, September 2nd: 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM


  • 10:30 AM: Morning Plenary Panel Conversation
  • 11:45 AM: Release of Collective Strength 2020 Update with Lee Huang and Brittany Forman of Econsult
  • 12:00 PM: Concurrent Afternoon Workshops


If you cannot attend the morning plenary, you can still participate in our afternoon workshops!

You can either click the links directly below at 12:00 pm next Wednesday, or you can add the link to join to your calendar under each workshop description.

1. Partnerships Between Artists and CDCs: Lessons Learned 

2. Relationship is the Project: Decolonizing Community Engagement (Password: 456821)

3. Strengthening Connections: How Place-Based, Artistic Interventions Impact Safety and Accessibility in North Philadelphia

Partnerships Between Artists and CDCs: Lessons Learned: Organizations around the country and artist partners who participated in a NeighborWorks America Peer Cohort reflect on practices, contexts, and trends in how equitable creative community development can be used to address displacement. This workshop will provide the opportunity for participants to learn about different models and engage in dialogue with peers representing both artists and CDCs.

Led by Calece Johnson (NeighborWorks America), Mark Lenn Johnson (Art, Inc Kentucky) and Jake Norton (New Kensington CDC)

Relationship is the Project: Decolonizing Community Engagement: This interactive workshop will utilize the objectives of Decolonization* to explore how theatre-based community engagement methods and techniques can be effective methods: Increase self-awareness about influence of values and bias; increase collective awareness of the influence of community values and bias on marginalized groups; create opportunities for honest, supportive conversations about privilege and social justice; and strengthen capacities for community growth that represents real efforts to rethink, reframe and reclaim the gifts and goals of local residents to promote positive change.

Led by JustAct theatre ensemble with Lisajo Epstein, Ph.D. and Micaela Robolino

Strengthening Connections: How Place-Based, Artistic Interventions Impact Safety and Accessibility in North Philadelphia: Three key intersections along the SEPTA Viaduct in the North Central Choice Neighborhood are receiving innovative, community-driven lighting and mural treatments aimed at reducing crime, increasing safety, and improving connections in the neighborhood.

Led by Priscilla Bell (Artist), Maya Curtis (Mural Arts Philadelphia), Mark Dodds (City of Philadelphia Division of Housing and Community Development), Cathy Harris (Mural Arts Philadelphia), and Tiffany White (Community Leader)

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