Culturally Relevant Design and Placemaking panel set during Nashville Design Week

Attendees at a recent Conscious Conversation event.

Creatives Day and Conscious Conversation will join together in hosting a special event on Friday, November 9, 2018 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at Watkins College of Art, 2298 Rosa L Parks Boulevard, Nashville, Tennessee 37228. The topic will be Culturally Relevant Design and Placemaking, and is part of a much larger program, Nashville Design Week. You are invited to attend this free event, and highly encouraged to RSVP this weekend online at Eventbrite, prior to Sunday, November 4 at 6 PM.

According to the organizers, residential communities can evolve through a process of gentrification whereby the essential character of a community can change. This change in character can leave a community unrecognizable to longtime residents. However, businesses and development can be designed to intentionally preserve the familiar character of a community.

This discussion will focus on businesses and non-residential development that have successfully designed their spaces to preserve a community’s character in the mist of rapid change. In a panel format, members of some of Nashville’s popular business and retail communities will discuss the intentional or circumstantial design decisions that were made in order to preserve community character.

It is the hope and intent of the organizers that audience members, and members of the design community, will learn how to consider community character and context in the design of interior spaces and non-residential development in Nashville’s rapidly changing communities.

Panelists at the event will include Derrick Moore, Co-owner of Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria; Karl Carpenter, Co-owner of The Garden Brunch Cafe; D.j. Wootson, Principal of Titus Young Real Estate; and Chris Larkins, CEO of Pichoslap Development Company LLC.

Panel Curators include Tifinie Capehart, Realtor with SilverPointe Properties and Urban Planning Consultant, Adjunct Professor of Urban Studies at Tennessee State University, Board Member of Nashville Civic Design Center; Isaac Yao Addae, Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Tennessee State University, and Founder and curator of Conscious Conversation; and Brian Sexton, Founder of Creatives Day.

Creatives Day is a nonprofit support organization for young adult artists (ages 16 to 35) in Tennessee. “We connect young adult artists ages 16 to 35 to resources and opportunities that lead to greater self-reliance and financial independence,” says Sexton. “We do this by improving access to education in Music and Technology, Affordable Housing, Employment, Business Planning and Personal Finance.” Conscious Conversation (#consciousconvo) is a group focused on galvanizing the general public around issues of community and economic development in metropolitan communities.

This discussion will take place during Nashville Design Week (November 8-15), which is described as “a week-long, city-wide series of interdisciplinary programs and events to unite the design community, promote collaboration and idea sharing, engage the public, and elevate the impact of Nashville’s design economy.” Learn more about Nashville Design Week and the dozens of related programming activities and events throughout the city, and register to attend them, at their official website: