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In announcing the fall program, RUPCO CEO Kevin O’Connor said the event will launch a placed based initiative around creative placemaking for the City of Kingston that builds upon the outstanding creative fabric already in Kingston and leverages RUPCO’s latest project of creating artists housing at the Lace Factory. “We are excited to host the event smack dab in Midtown and we look forward to a very different and creative tone and tenor for the event. Creative Placemaking is about leveraging the creative potential already in place. Ann Markusen will provide a very interactive discussion that will show how other communities have harnessed the power of creative placemaking and what steps we can take to do the same”
Arts Show to Include Local Performance and Culinary Artists
The work of local artists will be featured at the luncheon in a mini art show curated by Vindora Wixom of Arts Society of Kingston (ASK). The mixed media show will give participating artists access to new audiences who might not be familiar with their work. Performance art will be added to this year’s presentation as well with music performers and teachers from the region participating.
The event will be highly interactive with multiple opportunities for networking, conversation and questions and answers among business leaders, artists, and other community builders. O’Connor said Community Lunch will be catered by Diane Reader and the culinary team at Queens Galley. “Every aspect of this event will involve some demonstration of sustainability and creative placemaking,”
Bonnie Landi Honored
Honoring Bonnie Landi with a Community Partner Award “ties right in with our creative placemaking work,” said O’Connor. Landi has a very long and storied career in community building that goes back to her days of working with Congressman Maurice Hinchey. “Bonnie’
Tour of the Lace Factory Offered Before Event
RUPCO announced plans earlier this year to re-purpose an abandoned curtain factory in Kingston and create housing and work space for artists. The Lace Factory work has been reviewed and received approvals from planners and RUPCO hopes to begin construction next year. Anyone interested in touring the property may do so prior to the lunch event. Shuttle service will be offered between the Lace Factory and the event to alleviate concerns about parking for the luncheon.
The cost of the event has been reduced this year to just $20 in an effort to insure the broadest level of accessibility to all income groups. A limited number of sponsored tickets are also available at no charge. Advance reservations are required and can be made by phone at 331-2140 x263 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Affordable Housing, Green Building, and Sustainability Work
Among the region’s leading housing and community development agencies, RUPCO has worked for more than 30 years to create homes, support people and improve communities. The agency helps people pay rent, find affordable apartments, buy their first homes and make critical home repairs. Committed to diversity and inclusion, RUPCO has also become known for its green building and sustainability work including geothermal installations at the Kirkland, Energy Star rated townhomes in Ellenville and LEED certified affordable housing now almost complete in Woodstock. More information on RUPCO and all of its programs is available at www.rupco.org.