Dear Merrimack Valley friends and colleagues,
We hope you are doing well and discovering new ways to connect – within and beyond your communities. To those of you who were able to join us last week for our initial info sessions, we extend our warm thanks for your time and interest!
To recap, we believe that community-generated regional and local cultural planning is an important way to identify and map the places and spaces that make us want to live and work where we do. Such forethought helps those places survive and thrive long into the future. Building on the four Cultural Planning Labs we hosted last year, Merrimack Valley: Place and Meaning 2020 is the next crucial step in our county-wide cultural planning work. It is critically important to have a digital, searchable resource of places and spaces for planning and policy-making. And it is even more important to document your stories, memories, and impressions of what your community means to you especially during this time. This project accomplishes both, and we need you for it to succeed!
Please help us promote Merrimack Valley: Place and Meaning 2020 by:
Participating and helping us to spread the word. Please share this link and the graphics pasted below.
Pinning a special place on our map and/or sharing a story, poem or image for our community Expression Book.
In this moment, let’s capture special memories and places of meaning in our community.
Together, we can mark what matters today and look to our future!
Karen Ristuben and Stratton Lloyd
Essex County Community Foundation
Merrimack Valley Planning Commission