RUPCO to Host Annual Community Lunch at the Andy Murphy Neighborhood Center in Kingston

RUPCO will host Community Lunch in Kingston. The theme is “Creative Placemaking” with an interactive discussion with Ann Markusen and a mixed media arts show featuring local artists. Bonnie Landi will be presented with a Community Partner Award.
Oct. 4, 2012 - PRLog -- Creative Placemaking in Midtown Kingston

Rural Ulster Preservation Company (RUPCO),, will hold its annual Community Lunch at the Andy Murphy Neighborhood Center in Kingston on Tuesday, October 30.  Creative placemaking will be the theme and topic of the event which will feature noted economist Ann Markusen as keynote speaker and will honor Bonnie Landi for her decades of service in community building at the local YouthBuild program.

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,” said O’Connor.  “Our caterers will feature many artisan and heirloom foods ‘created’ by producers right here in the Hudson Valley and in some cases, will be created right at the tables where they are served.”

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’s work with YouthBuild has really defined her as one of our region’s most passionate advocates for young people.  Guiding them in exploration of construction trade careers, Landi has helped re-build her community one house at a time and taught countless participants, suppliers and funders how important young people are to a healthy and vibrant community.”

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

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
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