2015 Neighborhood Institute


Join us on Saturday, April 18 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm at the Baltimore Design School for our 2015 Neighborhood Institute – a daylong series of 30 workshops that provides community residents, neighborhood leaders, and community development professionals with the training and tools they need to tackle challenges big and small.

Baltimore City is an extraordinary place, blessed with rich history, wonderful neighborhoods, and amazing people. It is also a landscape of many challenges. What if we could address these challenges – neighborhood by neighborhood – and move everyone forward to a stronger future?

From fundraising to local food access, equitable development, code enforcement, and advocating for 21st Century schools, our workshops are intended to outfit community members with a toolbox of skills to help them make Baltimore better. In the past, experts from the American Civil Liberties Union, Nextdoor, the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance, ABAG, the Community Law Center, What Weekly, and Fluid Movement have been among our many workshop leaders.


The lineup for this year includes:

Block-Level Community Organizing:  Neighborhood blocks with engaged residents who share information are safer, cleaner, and have a higher quality of life. This workshop will provide tips and tricks for effectively communicating with your neighbors, establishing a block captain network, planning community events, and more.

Creating and Maintaining Green Spaces: Join Baltimore Green Space for a workshop track on greening your neighborhood. Topics will include access to greening resources, community garden organizing, forest patch basics, rain tax seminars, and how to build an orchard.

Neighborhood Leaders Forum: Join your fellow Community and Neighborhood Association leaders for a discussion on how to better facilitate meetings, increase association membership, apply for local grants, and more.

Attracting and Promoting Investment: Vacant lots, problem properties, and code violations stand in the way of healthy investment in neighborhoods. Learn how to effectively tackle these issues through strategies that engage anchor institutions, developers, and public entities that support neighborhood revitalization.

More workshops will be added – stay tuned!



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