The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded funding to the UGA Center for Community Design and Preservation for a workshop to address issues relating to Hispanic participation in the planning process and rural community design.
“Your Town: The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design” will be hosted in Plains by former President Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalynn Carter in the fall. The workshop will focus on Hispanic engagement in the city and regional planning process.
The president will be the keynote speaker; other speakers include experts in community planning and historic preservation, graphic design, Latin American and U.S. legal structures, Hispanic cultural resources, economic development, landscape architecture and ecological planning. Emphasis will be placed on conducting the workshop in Spanish.
The NEA funds four workshops nationally a year through a competitive application process. Since 1991, workshops have been produced in all regions of the country with the intention of bringing together community leaders, who are not design professionals, to learn the importance of design in building a future for their communities.
The CCDP will work closely with the Fanning Institute, the School of Environmental Design, the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, the Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education and other UGA organizations.