Take-Aways from Webinar II: CIRD in the Time of COVID-19
Partners of Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) across rural America wanted an opportunity to hear from their peers at the intersection of rural planning, design, and ultimately, resilience. CIRD’s team wanted the same, especially as it works with communities in Maine, Ohio, and New Mexico to create safe, relevant, and engaging CIRD Local Workshops. The “CIRD in the Time of COVID” webinar sought to provide that very opportunity.
Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME), launched the discussion with an endorsement of arts, placemaking, and design as drivers of rural opportunity, citing both her 50 years of experiences living in rural Maine along with her role as Co-Chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus. Pingree helped to secure $75 million in the CARES ACT, allowing the National Endowment for the Arts to boost local arts organizations trying to stay afloat, calling the arts a “vital industry that is suffering.” Pingree also noted the power and potential when CIRD combines experts in design and planning with local know-how during visioning processes, calling such work more important than ever.