Washington D.C.-based social innovator Philippa Hughes was close to refining best practices for bringing together liberals and conservatives together over food and art to engage in meaningful discussion on politics and policy. Then the pandemic happened, and one key element of the formula was rendered impossible--at least for a while--the ability to gather face-to-face. The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking hosted a live, interactive video conference on May 14, 2020 with co-host Meghan Rutigliano to find out how she's shifting her work to cross political and social distance until it's safe to gather again. The video conference was the pilot in a new series called, Community Coffee Talk. Register for the next one on Thursday, May 28 at 1 pm EDT for a chat with guests from Opositivefestival.org, which brings underinsured artists together with medical providers in Upstate New York for an exchange of services. Guest host, Tamara Gatchell, Principal of Cadence Creative, will lead the discussion. Meghan Rutigliano, Founder of Globally Curated and Burning Man Cultural Ambassador, will co-host. 

Host: Andrea Orlando  lives, records, and writes from her home in New Jersey. Contact her at andrea.orlando.530@gmail.com

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