Local Artists and Entrepreneurs Come Together to Help Launch "Connect Raleigh' Lecture Series

Featuring Acclaimed Author Peter Kageyama

News posted Nov. 03, 2017 - 4:00 pm
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Updated post, 11/3/17:

Next week, the City of Raleigh will launch “Connect Raleigh”, a free lecture series featuring nationally known speakers who focus on topics of interest to Raleigh residents.

The series will kickoff with the first lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 8 featuring Peter Kageyama, an acclaimed community development consultant and the author of “For the Love of Cities.” Doors will open at 5 p.m. A reception and book signing with Mr. Kageyama will follow the lecture at 6:30 p.m. with an appearance from local artists affiliated with Raleigh Makers Market and a special showcase from local partners: DECO, Raleigh Murals Project, and FLIGHT. The lecture will be held at A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater, 2 E. South Street, Raleigh.

“This new lecture series will give Raleigh residents an opportunity to come together and get inspired about the city we love, while hearing a compelling call to action to demonstrate that love in meaningful ways,” Mayor Nancy McFarlane said.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Mayor McFarlane will be available for media interviews about the “Connect Raleigh” lecture series from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6, in the mayor’s office at the Municipal Building. To arrange for an interview, contact John Boyette or David Blount with the City of Raleigh Communications Department at 919-996-3100.)

Prior to Wednesday’s lecture, Mr. Kageyama will explore Raleigh to get to know the people and places that make it such a unique and innovative city.

Mr. Kageyama’s remarks will highlight what makes Raleigh a desirable, engaged, and innovative community. He will share with attendees how demonstrating their love for Raleigh through community involvement can help make their city a better place for all.

The event also will feature the winners of the recent iDEA Raleigh competition: a Pop-up Parkour Playspace at Dix Park and Big Chess Across the City. The reception will include light refreshments and entertainment by WKNC featuring local artists.

The event is sponsored in part by Downtown Raleigh Alliance and Sheraton Raleigh Hotel. “Connect Raleigh” will have additional lecture events in 2018. Attendees at the first lecture event will be asked to submit ideas for future lectures in the series.

For more information, visit the City of Raleigh’s website at www.raleighnc.gov or contact the City’s Communications Department at 919-996-3100.

About the Lecture Series

Connect Raleigh is the culmination of an initiative in the City of Raleigh’s Strategic Plan which calls upon city staff to initiate a speakers’ series with national experts to educate the organization and community on strategic and innovative topics. The series is being organized by an interdepartmental team of employees representing the City Manager’s Office, Engineering Services, Transportation, & City Planning, with support from several other city departments. The “Connect Raleigh” lecture series will feature nationally known speakers who will engage the community in dialogue about issues and topics related to Raleigh’s continued prominence as one of the best places to live, work & play. These issues may include smart growth practices, placemaking, sustainability, civic innovation, and many others.

Originial post, 10/13/17:

City of Raleigh to Host Public Lecture Featuring Peter Kageyama, Author of 'For the Love of Cities'

This fall, the City of Raleigh will launch “Connect Raleigh,” a free lecture series featuring nationally known speakers who focus on topics of interest to Raleigh residents. The series will kick-off with the first lecture event on the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 8 featuring Peter Kageyama, an acclaimed community development consultant and the author of “For the Love of Cities.” For this first lecture event, the doors will open at 5 p.m., with the lecture beginning at 5:30 p.m. and a reception to follow. The lecture will be held at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater, 2 E. South Street, Raleigh.

“This new lecture series will give Raleigh residents an opportunity to come together and get inspired about the city we love, while hearing a compelling call to action to demonstrate that love in meaningful ways,” Mayor Nancy McFarlane said.

Mr. Kageyama’s remarks will highlight what makes Raleigh a desirable, engaged, and innovative community. He will share with attendees how demonstrating their love for Raleigh through public service and community involvement can help make their city a better place for all.

The event also will feature the winners of the recent iDEA Raleigh competition: a Pop-up Parkour Playspace at Dix Park and Big Chess Across the City.

During the reception, Mr. Kageyama will be available for a meet and greet with a book signing.

“Connect Raleigh” will include additional lecture events in 2018. Attendees at the first lecture event will be asked to submit ideas for future lectures in the series. For more information, contact the City of Raleigh Communications Department at 919-996-3100.

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