New Horizons Initiative Launches its Placemaking Speaker Series with Keynote from Peter Kageyama

Tuesday Apr 9th, 2019

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New Horizons empowers residents, merchants, community organizers, artists, and culture-bearers to actively be involved in shaping the social character and built environment in their neighborhoods. The initiative, in the first three years, focuses on the following zip codes: 16501, 16502,16503, and 16507. These are the neighborhoods that the City of Erie has identified in their comprehensive plan as the most in need of stabilization. Through this initiative, Erie Arts & Culture and its collaborating partners will enhance and activate public spaces by delivering accessible cultural programs and activities that tap into the creativity, imagination, experience, and wisdom of community members. Through the New Horizons initiative, we aim to identify and then directly address systems that have perpetuated neighborhood disparities.

Erie Arts & Culture, in partnership with our sponsors: The Erie Community Foundation, Erie Insurance, and the Erie County Public Library, plan to push this program forward by engaging and educating the community; citizens, businesses, community organization, etc. on the importance of arts and culture in regards to personal, community, and economic development. One of the ways that we will engage and educate is through a Speaker Series about the positive impact of Creative Placemaking & Public Art Planning. We are planning to bring in several experts in creating emotionally engaging places to live.

Please, save-the-date for this FREE educational session focused on Placemaking. Seating will be limited.
April 18, 2019 - 5 pm - 7 pm at the Erie County Public Library.

Peter Kageyama is the author of "Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places" the follow-up book to his "For The Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People And Their Places."

Peter has presented keynotes around the nation to cities focused on urban renewal. He will present to stakeholders in Erie how arts and culture impact community development and the benefits of creative placemaking. Using direct examples, Peter will enlighten our personal journey as we create a more vibrant Erie. He will share with us small ways that we can reinforce emotional bonds between people and place, positioning Erie as a community of choice.

Copies of Peter's book will be available for sale, with proceeds benefiting Erie Arts & Culture. Peter will also be available to sign copies of the book after his presentation.

We welcome you to join us as Mr. Kageyama, will enlighten our journey to a more vibrant Erie by teaching us how to create an emotionally engaging city.

The event is FREE but registration is necessary. Capacity: 120 Register Here.

For more information about Peter and his work, please visit

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