Power of 32

The Power of 32, launched in May 2009, is a two-year process to provide an opportunity for every resident of the 32-county, 4-state region to participate in creating a shared vision for the region’s best future. The 32 counties included in the visioning project- fifteen in southwestern Pennsylvania, ten in northern West Virginia, five in eastern Ohio, and two in western Maryland – represent the economic region centered on metropolitan Pittsburgh.

Power of 32 is a regional visioning initiative that will involve tens of thousands of people across 32 counties in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and West Virginia in creating a shared vision for the region’s future. Through the Power of 32, we can think differently about our region’s challenges – our role in the global economy, our quality of life, and our opportunities – and act in ways that set a new direction for the future. Every one of the 4 million people in our region can participate in the process and have our voices heard. Power of 32 will work with you to make tough choices to create a prioritized regional agenda, and work together to make positive change.

In the next month, the Power of 32 will also be looking for people to help coordinate the project across our region. They will be looking first for regional points of contact to help with outreach. The description/application link for the Outreach Coordinator Opportunity is here.

If you would like to be involved in this very important endeavor, please contact Selena Schmidt by phone at 412-807-1933 or 412-648-9474 or by email at selenas@powerof32.org.

Call for projects to be rated at Cleveland conference

In preparation for its From Rust Belt to Artist Belt II (RBAB2) conference, Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) is putting out a call to organizations and individual artists for artist-based community development projects or project ideas for possible inclusion in a conference session called “Rate My Project”.  “Rate My Project” will take place on Friday, Sept. 18th from 1:30-2:45pm.  At this session, a selected group of submitted projects and/or project ideas will be introduced to our panel of experts who will have an opportunity to give their critiques and feedback.  Panelists for the session are:  Greg Handberg, Vice President, Properties, Artspace Projects, Stacey Mickelson, Director, Government Relations, Artspace Projects, Jason Sauer, Owner, Most-Wanted Fine Art.

If you are interested in submitting a project or project idea, please fill out the form below and return it to Kristin Tarajack by e-mailing the completed form to KLT@cpacbiz.org; faxing it to 216-575-0332; or postal mailing it to CPAC c/o Rate My Project, 1900 Superior Avenue, Suite 130, Cleveland, OH 44114.

We will notify the selected entries and provide more details about session logistics at a later date.

>FLASH< Update:

PHCA received a question about submission deadlines on this call for artists. Staffski contacted the coordinating group and just heard back that the deadline for submissions is September 1, 2009

Project / Project Idea Submission Form:

Your Name:

Your Organization:

Tell us a little about yourself: (e.g. What’s your background?  Why are you interested in Rust Belt revitalization and artist-based community development?)

Are you submitting a (Select one):  Current Project or Project Idea?

If you are submitting a current project, what is its status?

Your Project or Project Idea: (300 words or less):

RBAB2 is a continuation of the conversation that began at last May’s From Rust Belt to Artist Belt summit about how artists and community developers are partnering in their efforts to reinvent the industrial Midwest.  This year’s event will be held on Thurs., Sept. 17th, and Fri., Sept. 18th, in Cleveland, OH’s Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood, which is rapidly revitalizing through the implementation of artist-based community development projects and the growth of the Gordon Square Arts District.  For more information on RBAB2 or to register for the event please visit:  http://www.cpacbiz.org/business/CreativeCompass.shtml.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Kristin L. Tarajack, research manager
Community Partnership for Arts and Culture