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Special Grant Opportunity to Bring Humanities-Based Community Development to Your Town
The Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC), in partnership with Erie Arts & Culture and the PA Route 6 Alliance, invites you to a free virtual workshop to learn about Community Heart & Soul™, an innovative community development process that uses the tools of the humanities to engage residents in planning for the future.

Participants will also learn about a special grant opportunity, available to select counties, offered by PHC and statewide funding partners to become the next Heart & Soul community.

Community Heart & Soul™, originally developed by the Orton Family Foundation, is a process that cultivates a shared sense of belonging among residents, engages them in thinking critically and creatively about community life and involves them in planning and decision-making - all as a way to strengthen a town’s social, cultural and economic vibrancy.

The key is learning what matters most by gathering stories, hopes and ideas from residents. This becomes the basis for building a community’s shared values, which informs a community’s unique action plan.

During this webinar, participants will:
Learn about the Community Heart & Soul™ model.
Learn how the humanities can be used to engage residents in planning for a community’s future.
Hear from PA communities about how the model has been used to spark growth in their towns.

PHC has been the only statewide organization partnering with Orton to bring Community Heart & Soul™ to towns across PA.

This workshop and grant opportunity is only open to the following counties: Crawford, Erie, Warren, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Bradford, Wyoming, Lackawanna, Wayne, Pike, Venango, Mercer and Lawrence.

Arts & culture organizations, local municipalities, community-based organizations, civic & economic development groups, downtown revitalization & preservation groups - and any resident or organization interested in increasing resident engagement and cross-sector collaboration for more robust community planning are encouraged to register.

Oct 8, 2020 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Webinar is over, you cannot register now. If you have any questions, please contact Webinar host: Taylor Tolton.