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Community Discussion Led By Dr. Amy Howard and Sarad Davenport

All citizens of Charlottesville are invited to participate in a discussion about the role art and design can play in civic engagement, specifically around issues of public housing.

With the support of Benjamin Thorp, the 2014 Fall Public Artist-in-Residency, The Bridge PAI is organizing a talk about the role that art can play in community engagement, specifically around issues of public housing.  As a part of this we have invited Dr. Amy Howard Executive Director of the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Richmond and author of More Than Shelter: Activism and Community in San Francisco Public Housing, to speak with us on November 5th at 7pm @ The Bridge PAI. Along with Dr. Howard, Sarad Davenport, Director of City of Promiseand other local organizers will join a dynamic discussion about art and culture in Charlottesville. 

Dr. Amy L. Howard is executive director of the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement and associated faculty in American studies at the University of Richmond. The theme of engaged citizenship runs through her work. Howard has taught courses on urban history and American studies, including a Sophomore Scholars in Residence course, “Urban Americas” Howard’s recent book, More Than Shelter: Activism and Community in San Francisco Public Housing explores the history of tenant activism, community building, and racial and ethnic alliances in San Francisco public housing.  She is currently working on a book about leadership and politics in Richmond, Virginia with Thad WilliamsonIn 2013, she chaired the housing task force of Mayor Dwight Jones’ Maggie L. Walker Initiative for Expanding Opportunity and Fighting Poverty. She serves on the board of the Better Housing Coalition and is a member of the City of Richmond Planning Commission.