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Annual Neighborhood Summit

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 1 to 5 p.m., Daugherty Elementary School, 500 W. Miller Rd, Garland, Cost: FREE


Houses are built with brick, wood, and nails. But it's the relationships, the memories -- the personal touches that make your house a home. Just like your house, your neighborhood is a distinctive place to call home, created by the people who live there.   

How do you turn strangers into neighbors? how do you express who you are as a neighborhood? 

Join us for the 14th Annual Neighborhood Summit, a neighborhood  conference, to rub shoulders with community leaders, City officials and neighborhood experts. Great neighborhoods are made by great neighbors, so come and learn how you can lend a hand in creating a neighborhood you are proud to call home.


Anat Ronen, Professional Artist** Pre-Summit Mixer**

Friday, Nov. 11, 6 to 8 p.m., Intrinsic Smokehouse & Brewery, 507 W. State St., Garland
Before the conference, get a taste of what’s to come at the Pre-Summit Mixer! Mix and mingle with neighborhood leaders, City staff and more in a casual setting as you enjoy the creation of a street mural by professional artist, Anat Ronen. More details coming soon!

Keynote Speaker: 

 Evan Weissman, Warm Cookies of the Revolution, Denver, CO

Evan Weissman is the founding executive director of Warm Cookies of the Revolution, the world's first Civic Health Club. Warm Cookies of the Revolution uses innovative events and programming to create opportunities for citizens to exercise their "civic health". Events range from "What's Brewin'?, (a dumb name for great program on budget priorities and beer)", to "Stompin' Ground Games, a Neighborhood Olympics of Art and Civic Pride".  He was a member of the award-winning Buntport Theater Company for over 12 years as playwright, director, designer and actor. Evan was formerly a Kellogg Foundation Leadership for Community Change Fellow with Mi Casa Resource Center for Woment, Jane Addams-Andrew Carnegie Fellow for Leadership and Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University, and founding organizer of Colorado Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Social and Economic Justice. He also teaches courses on nonviolence at The Colorado College. He lives in Denver with his wife Kristin and son Ezra.

*Schedule and breakout sessions are subject to change*


12:30 p.m.

Registration Opens

1 p.m.

Welcome & Introductions

1:30 p.m.


2:30 p.m.

Breakout Session 1

3:30 p.m.

Breakout Session 2/Tour

4:30 p.m.


5 p.m.



Keynote Session: 

Support Your Local Neighborhood!

Evan Weissman, Founding Executive Director, Warm Cookies of the Revolution

Join keynote speaker, Evan Weissman, to explore how respecting and celebrating a neighborhood's culture is key to transforming neighborhoods into vibrant communities. Drawing on experiences and innovative strategies from the world's first Civic Health Club, Warm Cookies of the Revolution, discover tools for neighborhood success as well as gain insights into how to expand our idea of home an community to include all residents -- and how to make that process fun! Afterwards, you'll never look at your neighborhood in the same way.

Breakout Sessions: 

 Neighboring in the 21st Century

Nicole Foster, Ph.D., Neighborhood Vitality Specialist, City of Garland

Neighboring in the 20th century conjures up a nostalgic time when residents built relationships through face to face contact – at pot lucks, neighborhood association meetings, and the local grocery store. Although these activities are still key to building strong neighborhoods, the rise of computers, the internet, cellphones, social media, etc. has dramatically impacted how we interact with others and build community. So how do we preserve the traditional essence of “neighborliness” while adapting to new methods of social interaction? How do we effectively promote the basic principles of being a “Good Neighbor” cross-culturally and cross-generationally? Attend this session to join the conversation on new strategies for turning strangers into neighbors.

Activating Assets: Building your Home from the Ground Up
Nicole Foster, Ph.D., Neighborhood Vitality Specialist, City of Garland

Any new venture requires some level of networking, asset building and identification of resources. In your efforts to transform a community from a cluster of houses to a collective “home”, many of your assets can be found right next door, waiting to be discovered. So whether you are looking to install speed humps, or organize an annual block party, join us to learn how you can identify and activate the assets and resources within your neighborhood and beyond!

Home is Where the “Art” Is: Expressing Neighborhood Identity Through Community Art
Emily Goodrum, Senior Neighborhood Planner, City of Garland & Anat Ronen, Professional Artist

Typically, a house doesn’t feel like a home until you put those finishing touches: curtains, paintings, family photos – expressions of who you are. Attend this session to learn how to express yourself as a neighborhood and gain practical tips for creatively building your community through public art projects and events.

Home is Where the “Art” Is: Chalk Art 101
Anat Ronen, Professional Artist

Whether the word “art” evokes excitement or fear, this is the session for you! Professional artist, Anat Ronen, will lead you in a hands on workshop teaching the basics of sidewalk chalk art. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves as you experience the benefits of fusing neighborhood involvement with chalk art expression. All skill levels welcome.

Leveraging Small Projects to Mobilize Your Community
Esmeralda de la Cruz, Senior Neighborhood Planner, Neighborhood Services, City of Plano

Building stronger communities includes mobilizing your community. One great way involves getting neighbors to volunteer, donate, or otherwise support a community-wide project. Join us to learn how neighborhoods in Garland and Plano took advantage of city grant funding and came together to pour their love and labor into their beautification project.

Neighborhood Pride Tour
Laura Castillo, Neighborhood Vitality Coordinator, City of Garland

Join us to tour local neighborhoods who have rallied together to complete neighborhood enhancements projects. Be inspired as you see the expressions of neighborhood pride and identity by Travis College Hill Addition, and New World Crime Watch. Limited spaces available.  

For more information, call 972-205-2445 or email neighborhoods@GarlandTx.gov

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