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"INTEGRATING ART, CULTURE and IMAGINATION INTO WALKABILITY"
Crosswalks, sidewalks, bus stops, bike racks, trash cans, poles, utility boxes, walls, curb extensions, medians, roundabouts, bike lanes, buffers, intersections, plazas - all of these things and more can be canvases for artistic expression.
Adding art and fun to street treatments can showcase your community's culture and personality and bring a greater sense of pride to everyone who lives, works, plays and visit
Our Webinar Presenters
On Wednesday, August 10, Ashley Costa, Executive Director of Lompoc Valley Healthcare Organization and Greg Raisman, Traffic Safety Specialist for the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation joined Robert Ping, WALC Institute's Executive Director, as webinar presenters where they shared inspiring stories and examples of how they have introduced art and personality into their communities.
Ashley Costa graduated from UCLA in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Political Science. She was elected to the Lompoc City Council in 2010 as the youngest Councilwoman ever elected in Lompoc, CA where she served until 2014.
Ashley is now the Executive Director of the Lompoc-based non-profit, the Lompoc Valley Community Healthcare Organization and she facilitates the Healthy Lompoc Coalition, a multi-sector stakeholder group created to address the current health issues in the community. Through this work, Ashley advocates for active transportation and has successfully implemented a four year Safe Routes to School grant at her local School District.
Lompoc Valley has received national exposure for their local art creations and Ashley led their project, championing the grant proposal and developing partnerships to deliver the new addition to their local art community while addressing walkability.
Greg Raisman's work at the Portland Bureau of Transportation aims to create safe and livable streets that provide independence for all ages and abilities, strengthen business, and engage people with each other and their city.
For more than a decade, Greg has been the liaison for City Repair, a Portland non-profit that builds community, establishes creative places, and encourages natural building techniques. Greg has partnered in delivering more than 50 large-scale intersection street paintings, establishing administrative policy for small community kiosks, and contributing to creative bike lane symbols that are found throughout the city.
Robert Ping accepted the role of WALC Institute’s Executive Director in January of this year. Prior to that he was our Technical Assistance Manager. During his career Robert has provided on-site technical assistance to numerous communities across North America. During Robert’s time at the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, he became a national leading expert on the growing movement to get kids active and improving the built environment and was appointed by Congress to the federal Safe Routes to School Task Force where he provided technical assistance to states, regions and cities throughout the U.S.
Making a livable environment possible, one community at a time.
"WALC Institute helped us prioritize and showed our community that we needed change and that is was possible to do; we created a coalition of key stakeholders to help guide the work. We continue to receive the technical push back but continue to push forward, and not taking no as an answer. Without the help of the WALC Institute team the New Ulm community would not be as far along in helping to promote walking and biking as we are today. We have made great strides in a short period of time. We still have a long way to go, but now we have momentum and plan to continue to accomplish the recommendations contained in our WALC report. I am so glad that Mark [Fenton; WALC field partner] talked me into hiring WALC [Institute] to do a report for us rather than just having Mark come and do a community presentation and walk audit."
-New Ulm, Minnesota, Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm Project
"Thank you for coming to Baton Rouge and providing an outstanding educational experience. The presentations during the dinner framed Complete Street concepts and challenges in a way that, I believe, created more of a sense commonality among us in terms of both aspiration and awareness of challenges. The site analysis and workshop tour focusing on the Perkins Road Overpass area the following day continued that experience in a more focused way. While political and financial challenges certainly remain, I believe that a new level of communication has been created among all the entities involved, as well as greater respect for the role that STAC [Sustainable Transportation Committee] can play. I hope that you all will come back soon, and that we can show off some great paths and places that you helped inspire."
- Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Sustainable Transportation Advisory Committee
"WALC Institute gave our community a cohesive vision and plan that we could implement. WALC was instrumental in helping us define goals and move forward collaboratively. Their expertise and guidance helped our community take on a process that seemed overwhelming on our own. WALC successfully engaged our entire community, recognizing and respecting a variety of conflicting viewpoints to put us on a path to achieve our goals."
-Eldon, Missouri, City of Eldon
"Though only here a short time, the WALC Institute helped reinforce the ideals behind our newly launched Go Healthy, Columbus (www.gohealthycolumbus.org) campaign, which has the goal of encouraging community design that promotes healthy active living for all ages. In only 1.5 days, they toured the community, met with our Safe Routes to School Task Force and our Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Team, and gave 3 public presentations to nearly 150 people related to Safe Routes to School, Aging in Place, and Building a Community for Active Living. The wealth of knowledge and experience of the WALC Institute was very apparent as they moved from one place to another seamlessly relating local programs and projects to what has happened nationally and internationally. Our binders are full of great ideas that we are looking forward to implementing over the next several years!"
-Columbus, Indiana, 2015, Reach Healthy Communities
"I think it was a wonderful effort that provided information and solutions to an ever growing issue in Houston. The [WALC Institute's] report is the perfect tool for organizing in the Alief community."
-Houston, Texas, Alief neighborhood, AARP Texas
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