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Community Heart & Soul Workshop

May 11, 2015

Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the Orton Family Foundation present…

An Introduction to Community Heart & Soul

The Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the Orton Family Foundation have partnered to bring you a day-long workshop on Community Heart & Soul™, a resident-driven approach to community planning and development. The goal is to increase participation in local decision-making, helping residents shape the future of their towns. Together with the tools of the humanities, Heart & Soul is designed to help residents steer change based on what matters most to them. In rural communities and small cities that have used the Heart & Soul method, it has been a catalyst for change sparking downtown revitalization and local arts initiatives and informing transformative economic development and comprehensive plans. Community Heart & Soul reconnects people with what matters most about their town and translates those personal and emotional connections into a blueprint for economic and community decisions.

PHC or Orton will host Community Heart & Soul workshops across the state from May 11-13
May 11 in Montgomery County
May 13 in Harrisburg
May 15 in Westmoreland County
to highlight effective civic engagement practices grounded in the humanities-based Heart & Soul method and provide more information on PHC’s next round of Civic Engagement grants available later this spring.

Bring a team of leaders from your community to:

  • Learn about Community Heart & Soul—how the humanities are central to its process, how it’s done as well as the long-term benefits and short-term challenges
  • Examine your community’s readiness to bring Heart & Soul to your town
  • Use the humanities to tell the story of your town
  • Identify next steps that you can take toward strengthening your community’s social networks
  • Learn about resources and grant opportunities to support your local efforts through the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and others

For more information and to register contact Jennifer Danifo at jdanifo@pahumanities.org or 215-925-1005, ext 110.


May 11, 2015
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Montgomery County