Cultural Institutions Collaborate to Build Strong Community Networks
The Center for the Study of Brooklyn is partnering with the Heart of Brooklyn to implement a national planning grant from the IMLS. The "Cultural Institutions Collaborate to Build Strong Community Networks" research project will examine the factors that encourage or inhibit meaningful collaborations between cultural institutions and their communities in Brooklyn, with the goal of replicating this approach nationwide. The Center for the Study of Brooklyn will provide relevant data analysis and research for the project, and help facilitate the engagement of Brooklyn-based stakeholders. The Center's director, Gretchen Maneval adds "It is our hope that inclusive engagement of both Brooklyn-based and national groups in this planning process will engender in Brooklynites a sense of ownership of the cultural institutions in their respective communities, as well as a sense of pride that their practice of bringing innovative cultural programming to the borough will play a key role in advancing the important work of cultural institutions across the country." Click here to view a press release.
In January 2011, a workshop was held to present initial findings to stakeholders from around the country, including representatives from the cities of Columbus, Denver, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Click below to see reference documents from the workshop prepared by the Center for the Study of Brooklyn: