2018 NACDEP Conference: Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops

Shared Use Kitchen Development & Support for CD Professionals:

On Sunday morning, this workshop explored the different definitions and models of shared kitchens and the planning process for creating a kitchen in a community. The benefits of shared kitchens were highlighted and the potential roles for Extension professionals in supporting shared kitchens were explored. Discussion included many of the different assessments, technical assistance, and facilitation processes involved, and helped participants understand the needs of a kitchen project in their communities. They also learned about two national surveys conducted to assess shared kitchen models as well as the process for evaluating the economic impact of kitchens using IMPLAN. The workshop also included a tour of the Cleveland Culinary Launch and Kitchen, a commercial shared kitchen space with the goal of bringing success to food-related businesses.
Each participant received a copy of the Shared Kitchen Toolkit, written and developed by Ms. Meader McCausland and Dr. Ashley Colpaart, Owner of The Food Corridor. The material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the North Central Region SARE program under sub-award number LNC15-374. (USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.)

Engaging Community through the Performaing Arts:

On Sunday afternoon, participants in the Engaging Community through the Performing Arts pre-conference workshop enjoyed BEAUTIFUL: The Carole King Musical at the Connor Palace Theater in Cleveland's Playhouse Square. 

The show tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

After the show, a one-hour behind-the-scenes educational tour was taken. With five fully restored historic theaters (built 1921-22), Playhouse Square is the largest theater restoration project in the world. Participants learned how, through collaboration, these gems were saved from the wrecking ball. Playhouse Square is the largest performing arts center outside of New York City, hosting nearly one million guests and 1,000 curtains each year. Learn more about Cleveland's Playhouse Square.

Post-Conference Workshop

On Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, many participants stayed to join the conversation regarding Collaboration for Extension Programming in Community Development.

Communities face a variety of external and internal factors that influence their choices of how to identify, plan for, and organize community responses to critical issues. However, as state Extension budgets adjust to new and changing conditions, many states do not have the capacity to develop and adapt programming or potentially provide the breadth of programming that a given community may need to respond adequately to the issues they face now and in the future. Now is the time to establish a framework, plan and process for collaborating across state boundaries to enable program sharing and cross-state training to benefit more communities. 

This workshop was the first national effort to organize this framework and start this collaboration.