The public is invited to two events in connection with the My Town, Lancaster County community workshop March 19 through 21 in Lincoln.
Lancaster County was selected last summer to host the free workshop as part of the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design™ (CIRD), a national program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The project is led by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department with the partnership of the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners and the Lancaster County Extension Office.
The workshop will address the challenges and opportunities afforded to small towns in Lancaster County, a County dominated by the City of Lincoln. More information on the project is available at lancaster.ne.gov (keyword: My Town) or by calling 402-441-7491. The project also has a Facebook page.
For the past 22 years, CIRD has provided facilitated planning workshops to help communities generate locally driven solutions to pressing design challenges. CIRD convenes local leaders, nonprofits and residents together with a team of specialists in design, planning, historic preservation, place branding and rural community revitalization. Workshops help the local partners recognize their own potential and collective capacity to implement change, recapture their sense of place, identify and build upon their unique assets, and retain their small town character.
The NEA sponsors CIRD in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Project for Public Spaces, Inc., along with the Orton Family Foundation and the CommunityMatters® Partnership. Established in 1991, CIRD has convened more than 60 rural design workshops in all regions of the country, empowering residents to leverage local assets in order to build better places to live, work and play. For more information, visit www.rural-design.org.