two local community engagement events from Van Alen on Sat, 11-12-2016


From: Jess Greenspan

Sent: Thursday, October 27, 2016 4:11 PM

Subject: Fwd: Two Local Community Engagement Events – Request

Good afternoon Scott,

My name is Jess Greenspan, I work at the Van Alen Institute in New York. We’re a nonprofit that develops cross-disciplinary research, public programs, and design competitions that investigate the most pressing social, cultural, and ecological challenges of tomorrow, and we’re hosting two local D.C. events.

In an attempt to spread the word about the events, we are wondering if you’d be able to share our flyer, below, with your network. Are you able to help me with that?

Information and links are included below. Basically, the program is made up of two events that promote place-making and community engagement in order to preserve the neighborhood’s fabric and culture, near Mid City East. It will be a mix of video, music, improv and interviews with locals.

The events will take place Saturday, November 12. Please let me know if you can help.



Jess Greenspan

Competitions Intern Fall 2016

Van Alen Institute

Join us for Intersection Mixtape and Playback Your Story community engagement events in DC
Van Alen Institute and the DC Office of Planning are pleased to invite you to attend Intersection Mixtape and Playback Your Storya series of public programs and interventions to unite communities through narrative, vibrations, and the built environmentEvents include:


Intersection Mixtape Site-specific artistic interventions by DC artists collective Furthermore that include mixtapes of local histories and multimedia explorations of neighborhood demographic shifts

When: November 12, 2016 12:00 – 3:00 P.M.

Where: The lot on the corner of Bates and North Capitol Streets NW, Mid City East


Playback Your Story

Playback Theatre performances by John Johnson and company who specialize in improvisational play that involves a mix of theater and sign language. After conducting over twenty interviews in the neighborhood in September, John will highlight community narratives and stories through theatre.

When: November 12, 2016 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Where: Olmsted Green, Gallaudet University

About Van Alen
At Van Alen Institute, we believe design can transform cities, landscapes, and regions to improve people’s lives. We collaborate with communities, scholars, policymakers, and professionals on local and global initiatives that rigorously investigate the most pressing social, cultural, and ecological challenges of tomorrow. Building on more than a century of experience, we develop cross-disciplinary research, provocative public programs, and inventive design Twitter: @van_alen Instagram: @van_alen Facebook: /vanaleninstitute
About DC Office of Planning Office of Planning’s mission is to guide development of the District of Columbia, including the preservation and revitalization of our distinctive neighborhoods, by informing decisions, advancing strategic goals, encouraging the highest quality outcomes, and engaging all communities. OP performs planning for neighborhoods, corridors, districts, historic preservation, public facilities, parks and open spaces, and individual sites. In addition, OP engages in urban design, land use, and historic preservation review. OP also conducts historic resources research and community visioning, and manages, analyzes, maps, and disseminates spatial and US Census and Twitter:@OPinDC #CrossingtheStreet #creativeplacemaking Instagram:op_indc Facebook:/dcofficeofplanning

The Crossing the Street grant initiative is made possible through a grant from the Kresge Foundation. The initiative, taking place in select neighborhoods around the District that are experiencing rapid demographic and social change, aims is to create more locally sensitive public spaces that promote health, happiness, and neighborhood wellbeing by engaging in civic activities that capitalize on community assets.

Jess Greenspan

Competitions Intern Fall 2016

Van Alen Institute



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