Ensuring public spaces reflect and support local residents and diverse cultures requires building deep community connections. In historically marginalized neighborhoods, this often takes years of investment in building relationships and trust, partnering with community organizations, supporting the development of local leadership and creating neutral forums that hold space for community voices. During the pandemic, organizations have had to become creative in continuing and growing those community connections when in-person gathering was not an option. In this session, participants will learn about four different approaches to accomplishing these objectives in four distinctly different settings. Participants will have the opportunity to join breakout groups with speakers whose approach is most relevant to them in order to dive deeper into the lessons learned and tips for replication.
Building Community Ownership through Engagement