Public Event

Learning From Place

Placemaking and Philanthropy in a Pandemic


February 24, 2021

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM



A brick building with a colorful mural on one side. A playground with colorfully painted pavement next to it. Blue skies at the top of the image with green trees surrounding the building/playground.
Over the past two years, the Boston Foundation conducted an ambitious equitable placemaking initiative that invests in the shared places of communities. Called the Place Leadership Network, the pilot convened and strengthened a remarkable field of place-based leaders across the region.
Shared places like main streets and parks form the social infrastructure of communities. They foster civic life, cultural identity, environmental resiliency, and economic self-determination. Yet these vital spaces are threatened by the forces of real estate development, a legacy of racial disinvestment, and — most recently — a public health crisis. 

Join community leaders as they share learnings about investing in place and advancing spatial justice. The forum will address the promise and shortcomings of a place-based philanthropic strategy and, ultimately, highlight the role of community leaders in shaping vibrant, resilient, and equitable places.



Kenneth Bailey, Sector Organizing & Strategy Lead, Design Studio for Social Intervention (Moderator)
F. Philip Barash, Past Fellow, The Boston Foundation
Jeena Hah, Director of Community Programs & Design, Asian Community Development Corporation
Michael Monestime, Executive Director, Central Square Business Improvement District
Danya Sherman, Director & Consultant, Sherman Cultural Strategies

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