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Sullivan Renaissance Annual Conference Explores placemaking for healthier communities

January 31, 2017

[FERNDALE] – The Project for Public Spaces will join Sullivan Renaissance for its Annual Conference, Building Beautiful, Healthy and Active Communities on Saturday, March 11 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY.  Registration is at 9am, the program will begin at 10.

Everyone is invited to learn about new programs for 2017 and how they can become involved.  The facility is ADA compliant and there will be simultaneous translation in Spanish.  Admission is free.

Project for Public Spaces is a program committed to leveraging the power of placemaking to strengthen connections between people and the places they share; and to spark social, economic, and environmental benefits in communities across the country.  Senior Vice President Cynthia Nikitin will present the keynote address. Cynthia oversees the Project for Public Spaces Rural Placemaking Initiative and is a leader on using investments in walking and transit to leverage livability goals.

Municipal Partnership and Community Development grants will be awarded to towns and villages engaging in efforts to beautify public spaces, enhance code enforcement and build healthy communities. Renaissance Awards will be given to recognize individuals, businesses and organizations for their efforts to enhance Sullivan County.  

The afternoon will feature additional workshops on topics related to gardening, placemaking for healthy communities and using the garden as a teaching tool.  Outreach Salons, available in English or Spanish, will welcome anyone interested in becoming a volunteer to learn more about Sullivan Renaissance and explore ways to reach out to diverse communities. 

Conference attendees can shop for market items from local vendors and explore garden exhibits. A healthy walk of the Bethel Woods grounds will be offered in the afternoon.

For details about the conference, call Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445.  To register online, go to 

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.