Bella Green is the Stevenson Center graduate Fellow. Her work focuses on rural housing research, and she also supports HAC’s rural housing legislative efforts and the creative placemaking program initiative CIRD (Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design). Prior to HAC, Bella served as an AmeriCorps VISTA on a college service-learning program. She received her Bachelor’s in Sociology from North Central College and is pursuing a Master’s in Sociology from Illinois State University.
May 28, 2020
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. The “CIRD in the Time of COVID” webinar sought to provide that very opportunity.
May 27, 2020
As the Executive Director of the AIR institute, I’m here to tell you a bit about our mission to raise the value of arts and culture in every community, in spite of the global pandemic affecting every aspect of our lives.
March 2, 2020
Mara Mintzer spoke with the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design about her award-winning work at the intersection of design, education, and community engagement with one overriding theme: youth voices matter, and they matter right now. 1.6 million people have viewed Mintzer’s How Kids Can Help Design Cities TED Talk. We suggest a listen, too, as it buttresses CIRD’s recent conversation with Mara. And don’t let “cities” get in the way; Mara notes the utter rural applicability of her approach.
January 30, 2020
CIRD’s multi-day design workshops bring together a diversity of participants from the local community and introduce a wide array of design strategies to improve the way a community looks, its quality of life, and economic viability. The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) is proud to announce the schedule for the selected 2019-2020 local design workshops:
January 30, 2020
Meet Alyce Brown, a CIRD community leader with a big vision for the small town of Entiat, WA. Working with local organizations and stakeholder groups, Brown plans to transform the town into a tourism destination that provides year-round recreational services to visitors and long-term prosperity to the region.