MCC Adams Planning Grant Training

March 2006
On Monday March 26th, 10:00am-3:30pm, Craig Dreeszen and Maren Brown delivered training programs for up to thirty John and Abigail Adams Arts Program planning grant recipients.

The initial training to offered an introduction to the principals of how to develop a community economic development program that is based on the unique assets of a community; to inform participants about best practices and challenges that other communities have faced in launching these partnerships; to provide participants with an understanding of the resources available to them through MCC; to offer participants opportunities to network with other planning grant recipients; and to provide a practical forum for the leadership team in each community to begin the process of shaping their program. A second training session is planned for June of 2007 to provide a forum for reviewing progress to date, discussing the needs and challenges that the partnerships are confronting, and strategizing solutions for overcoming these challenges.

To kick off the project , AES offered a free lecture series on April 18 and 20, 2006 at UMass Amherst with two nationally-recognized experts on cultural economic development.