• Four Rural Communities Chosen to Receive $45,000 in Design Assistance

    The Citizens' Institute on Rural DesignTM (CIRD), an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) managed by Project for Public Spaces, is pleased to announce four communities selected to host rural design workshops for the 2018 program year.  Recommended by a review panel of rural experts, the four host communities are: Greenville, Mississippi; Las Vegas, New Mexico; Tuttle, North Dakota; and Valentine, Nebraska. 

  • Resources Available for Rural Communities Facing Design Challenges. Application Deadline is February 16, 2018

    The  Citizens' Institute on Rural DesignTM (CIRD), a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, has issued a request for proposals inviting communities to apply for design assistance. The CIRD program provides rural communities with populations of 50,000 or less the opportunity to address challenges related to economic vitality and quality of life by employing design solutions. . CIRD convenes two-day workshops with design professionals, local leaders, community organizations, and residents to create a plan for tackling issues around three topic areas—multimodal transportation, healthy living by design, and main street revitalization.

  • Exploring Higher Ground: Honoring Tribal Tradition in Louisiana's Climate Resettlement Plan

    In anticipation of the Tribe’s imminent resettlement from their ancestral land along the coast of Louisiana, in January 2017 the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe (IdJC Tribe) gathered for a pivotal community workshop, with support from the Citizen’s Institute on Rural DesignTM(CIRD).  The two-day workshop brought together an unprecedented group of Tribal members, a large and diverse resource team, and state, federal, and local government representatives, who were instrumental in developing a sensitive yet practical approach to the resettlement. 

  • Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Economic Development in Akwesasne CIRD Workshop Follow Up Q & A

    Akwesasne workshop scene

    The Akwesasne Tourism Working Group hosted Citizens' Institute on Rural Design™ capacity building workshop on November 17-19, 2016. The workshop’s goal was to identify essential elements of Mohawk culture and language and apply Mohawk culture to inform new design standards for buildings, roadways, signage and landscapes within the Akwesasne Mohawk territory located in New York state, Ontario, and Quebec, Canada.

  • Building Capacity to Design and Engage Community in Thomasville

    The city of Thomasville, Georgia (population 18,700) hosted their Citizens' Institute on Rural Design™ workshop at the Thomasville Center for the Arts and Scholars Academy on October 27-29, 2016. The goal of the workshop was to develop preliminary design concepts to inform a master plan for MacIntyre Park that would address stormwater runoff challenges in the park, while transforming it into a recreation destination that encourages active lifestyles among the city’s residents. This workshop implemented a collaborative, community led approach to revitalizing the park with a strong history and cultural heritage in the community, and brought city-wide partners together to tackle the design challenge.

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