CIRD supports host communities before and after their workshops via informational conference calls and webinars that cover critical topics in community engagement, rural design, partnership development, and workshop planning.

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Citizens' Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) Program Information Call

On January 23, CommunityMatters hosted a Program Information Call for CIRD. Jamie Hand from the National Endowment for the Arts and Cynthia Nikitin from Project for Public Spaces provided an overview of the CIRD program and answered questions related to the recently released RFP. The discussion was moderated by Rebecca Stone of the Orton Family Foundation. More than 100 interested callers joined us on the line to learn more about the application and selection process. An audio recording of the call is available below, and call notes can be viewed online in Google Docs.

(download a recording of the call here)

CIRD will be offering two more application assistance calls in the coming weeks:

  • Community-Centered Project Design, Thursday, February 7th from 3:00-4:30 pm EST. We'll hear from Ariana McBride, Senior Associate at the Orton Family Foundation and Shelley Mastran, former Co-Director of the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design about successful rural design projects and how to design a project concept that fits the strengths and challenges in your community.
  • Office Hours, Thursday, February 28th, from 3:30-4:30 pm EST. CIRD staff will be available on the line to answer questions related to the RFP and application. Applications are due March 5, 2013.

Call registration and additional information can be found at http://www.rural-design.org/application-assistance.