Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the Orton Family Foundation present An Introduction to Community Heart & Soul™


The Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the Orton Family Foundation have partnered to bring you a day-long workshop on Community Heart & Soul™, a resident-driven approach to community planning and development. The goal is to increase participation in local decision-making, helping residents shape the future of their towns. Together with the tools of the humanities, Heart & Soul is designed to help residents steer change based on what matters most to them. In communities that have used the Heart & Soul method, it has been a catalyst for change sparking downtown revitalization and local arts initiatives and informing transformative economic development and comprehensive plans. Community Heart & Soul reconnects people with what matters most about their town and translates those personal and emotional connections into a blueprint for economic and community decisions. Click here to learn more about Community Heart and Soul™.

This workshop is ideal for groups and organizations involved in community development activities that are interested in exploring their community’s unique history, character and values. During the day-long workshop, participants will:

  • Learn about Community Heart & Soul from two community engagement experts and a past Heart and Soul grantee
  • Explore the short-term challenges and long-term benefits of the method
  • Examine their community’s readiness to bring Heart & Soul to their town
  • Discover ways to use the humanities to tell the story of their town
  • Identify next steps that they can take toward strengthening their community’s social networks
  • Learn more about a special opportunity to apply for PHC’s civic engagement grant

Workshops will be offered on May 11 at the North Penn Community Health Foundation in Colmar, PA; May 13 at the Civic Club of Harrisburg in downtown Harrisburg; and May 15 at St. Vincent’s College in Latrobe, PA.

Registration Information

Interested individuals are encouraged to bring a team of collaborators with them. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration closes on April 30.

Click here to register for this event.

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