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[FERNDALE] –The Sullivan Renaissance Annual Conference will feature Cynthia Nikitin, Senior Vice President of Project for Public Spaces speaking on building communities through placemaking. The conference, Building Beautiful, Healthy, Active Communities, will take place on Saturday, March 11 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY. Registration is at 9am, the program will begin at 10.
Using Sullivan County examples in her keynote address, Cynthia Nikitin will describe the qualities that make a great place while also making a place great. She will explain the Power of Ten as a planning framework for small towns and rural communities, and how volunteers working with partners and stakeholders can achieve outcomes and impacts beyond their imagining. The entire morning session, as well as the Placemaking for Healthy Communities afternoon session, will be live streamed and can be viewed at www.sullivanrenaissance.org/live.
In an afternoon workshop, Cynthia will discuss placemaking strategies and place-based projects that contribute to people’s health, happiness and well-being. Participants will be introduced to the Healthy Community Places Audit and guided on ways to use it in their own community.
Also in the afternoon, Stephanie Cohen, The Perennial Diva, will present “Perennials that Drink Responsibly”. In this dynamic talk participants will learn how to pick the “right plant for the right place.”
Sandy McKelvey, Founder of Hudson Valley Farm to School, will demonstrate fun, hands-on activities that can be used to get children excited about eating fresh fruits and vegetables and engage them, through gardening, to think about where their food comes from.
For more information or to register, call Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445, email email@example.com or register online at www.sullivanrenaissance.org/registration.
Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.