Community Heart & Soul: Engaging Residents through the Humanities to Find What Matters Most

APA Pennsylvania Chapter


Wednesday, March 14, 2018
noon - 1:15 p.m. EDT

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A planner is instrumental in taking all of the resources within and helping a community to fulfill its long-term vision. This is not easy, considering one of the community’s biggest assets is people. Not all residents feel their opinions count. Invisible but powerful forces of culture and history also motivate — or discourage — people from participating.


This webinar will discuss how the humanities can be a resource in overcoming these challenges and activating residents.


Using the humanities, Community Heart & Soul offers practical examples and hands-on tools to successfully find, engage, and take action on what matters most to people in a community.


Mimi Iijima

Mimi has been leading PHC’s work to bring the Community Heart & Soul framework to Pennsylvania cities and towns. An independent partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and part of a network of 56 state humanities councils that spans the nation and U.S. jurisdictions, PHC puts the ... Read More

Zachary Norwod

Zachary oversees planning services to rural and urban communities in Crawford County. He is also a member of the volunteer leadership team for Meadville Heart & Soul. Zach’s exposure to community development, comprehensive planning, and graphic design sparked his desire to empower local communities, specifically through maximizing community resources and ... Read More

Leanne Tingay

Before joining Orton, Leanne coordinated economic development and revitalization programs on the state and local level. She served as coordinator of the Vermont Downtown program for the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development. In that role she provided leadership to over two dozen communities and downtown organizations providing training ... Read More

Andrew Sheaf

Andrew worked at the Office of Business Financing for 10 years in various capacities -- as an Economic Development Analyst, KOZ Manager and Performance Monitoring Manager. Andrew now works in the Center for Local Government Services helping to solve problems and build capacities at the local level. Andrew graduated from Susquehanna ... Read More

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