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Public Space Summit 2018

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Parkway Central Library

1901 Vine Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

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PLEASE NOTE: Online registation is no longer available, however, you can still come to the summit and register at the libray the morning of.

The first ever Public Space Summit will gather and connect Recreation Advisory Councils, and Park and Library Friends groups from across Philadelphia for a day of inspirational, practical, and educational workshops and sessions. We’ll also announce a mini-grant opportunity for attendees to support new ideas/team ups.

The Summit is being coordinated in partnership with the Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks Alliance, City of Philadelphia - Parks and Recreation, and the Free Library, Friends of the Free Library and made possible by the Knight Foundation.


8:30am Registration Opens/Breakfast

9:15am Opening in Auditorium

11:00am Breakout Sessions

12:15pm Breakout Sessions

1:30pm Working Lunch

2:45pm Closing Remarks

3:00pm Event Ends

3:30 - 5:00pm Closing Reception & Happy Hour [location TBD]


Budget & Fundraising
Working with limited funds can be a challenge. This session will share best practices to help you get creative with your available budget and to identify opportunities for fundraising.

Communications & Marketing
What are the best ways to get the word out about your programs and events? How do you ensure people show up? In this session, we will share budget-friendly ideas on how to better promote your programs and events. We’ll also focus on using your events to better connect, engage and follow up with attendees.

Community Engagement Through Beautification
Community gardens, food-related programs and general beautification and maintenance are offered across neighborhoods often started by residents where they live and supported by local nonprofits in some cases. Share your existing or aspirational beautification projects your group has or is managing and hear from peers who have successfully created and sustained their own programs.

Conflict Resolution & Bias Awareness
We all care about where we live and the livelihood of our neighborhood and public spaces. This can sometimes cause differing opinions and challenge conversations - which are not easy to navigate. Learn how to best manage challenging conversations and situations for productive outcomes that includes everyone’s perspectives and voice.

Cultural Competency & Connections
Philadelphia has residents from all over the world with different backgrounds and, sometimes, speaking different languages. It’s important that your group is representative of your neighborhood. How can we work better with neighbors from different backgrounds? How can we better showcase ethnic and cultural diversity in our public spaces?

Effective Meeting Facilitation
Your meetings are often taking place after work hours. Energy can be low and it can be hard to keep everyone on track. Think outside your typical agenda and try running your meetings differently. Share the challenges you have in running your meetings effectively and hear from fellow group members who have had success in both running their group meetings and getting people to commit and follow through with their tasks.

Getting Things Done with the City & Engaging with Your Local Officials
Learn how to work and get better connected with City Departments to get more resources for your group. This session will also help you better understand what your local officials can do for your group and how to more effectively work with them.

Philly Friends & Programs
Hear about successful programs and collaborations from fellow Friends Groups and Advisory Councils.

Recruiting & Engagement Practices
It’s easy to face high turnover with volunteers. How can you structure your group’s dynamic to keep your group participation active while making space for new members - especially with limited time? Hear from community leaders about ways to better recruit and retain members.

Youth-Led Spaces & Usership
Many of the spaces we work in service children and young people. Help to shape the future of your group by better involving young people. Share ideas and ways to bring youth into more leadership roles, create opportunities for more youth-led events and programming, and take a closer look at how your space is being used by young people.

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Parkway Central Library

1901 Vine Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

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