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Rural LISC celebrated the opening of our new office in Fowler, Colorado (Pop. 1,171) with an Open House on March 11, 2014!
Tamaqua Area Community Partnership (TACP) in Tamaqua, Pa., has revealed a new large-scale community initiative known as the “Dear Tamaqua…” project set to run through August 2015.
The project will be developed in two phases. The first phase involves the sharing of personal memories, experiences, and hopes for the future life of Tamaqua by current and past residents of Tamaqua.
Leona Rega, Tamaqua Safety Initiative Coordinator, shares the inspiration for the project: “Through our efforts over the past two years, the initiative has noticed an interesting disparity in those who love and appreciate their community, yet have deep concerns about its future because of crime, safety, jobs, family and lack of neighborhood connections, and more. The project aims to bring the ‘behind the door’, private conversations of how people feel about their community and what they envision to light, and serve as a catalyst for change.”
The second phase will be a large-scale public theatrical event in August 2015 designed to bring to life all of the stories gathered in phase one. This event will be directed by staff of the Touchstone Theater in an impressive playwriting process, distilling the essence of the letters and artwork received into a large-scale, outdoor performance. Community members and local artists will be engaged in all areas of this public theater creation as the process moves from “playwriting mode” into “production mode”.
Touchstone Theater is a Bethlehem, Pa., based group with a history of creating powerful, community based art. Touchstone's Artistic Director, James P. Jordan, is also a Tamaqua native. “If you would have told me,” says Jordan, “as a graduating senior at Tamaqua High, that almost two decades later, I would be coming back to lead a project like this, I would have thought you were crazy. But it feels as if I’ve come full circle, and now it’s my chance to do something positive for a place that is such a part of me.”
Complete community participation is encouraged from local social clubs, schools, businesses, bars, and past and present residents. “It's the voice of the people who make a difference in the future direction of any venture,” adds Rega. “All we ask is for respectful communication for a better, safer, more connected tomorrow.”
To showcase the entries that will be incorporated into the project, there will be a special event held at the Tamaqua Summer Fest on June 15, 2014. Those interested in more information on the project can find the project website at: http://www.deartamaqua.com/about/.
NECAC received a $15,000 grant from Wells Fargo Housing Foundation for its Healthy Homes program in four Missouri counties, creating a yearlong partnership between Wells Fargo, NECAC, CAASTLC, and SSM Healthcare – St. Louis.
Michael Levine, LISC’s general counsel since 1986, and a longstanding member of Rural LISC's Advisory Committee (RAC), has been named to The National Law Journal list of “America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel.” Singling him out for his innovation and commitment to pro bono work, the prestigious legal journal noted that Levine “considers himself a ‘yes’ lawyer, not a ‘no’ lawyer,” and that his job is “to make the mission real on the ground.”
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