How to revitalize public places: Urban expert to discuss fostering community in cities at Rice event

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Amy McCaig

How to revitalize public places: Urban expert to discuss fostering community in cities at Rice event

HOUSTON – (Oct. 17, 2018) – On the heels of recent research showing Houstonians have higher levels of mistrust than the national average, urban expert Carol Coletta will discuss how cities can revitalize public places and encourage neighborhood interaction and civic engagement at an Oct. 24 talk hosted by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. The event will take place at 7 p.m. at the Brown Auditorium Theater at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Who:              Urban expert Carol Coletta

What:             Kinder Institute Forum event.

When:            7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Where:           Brown Auditorium Theater at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St.

Coletta is president and CEO of the Memphis River Parks Partnership, where she is leading the relaunch of a nonprofit to develop, manage and program 6 miles of riverfront and five park districts along the Mississippi River. She is also a senior fellow in American Cities Practice at The Kresge Foundation.

Coletta also leads Reimagining the Civic Commons, a $50 million-plus collaboration of national and local foundations, nonprofits and governments with projects in five cities. It is planned as the first comprehensive demonstration of how a connected set of civic assets — a civic commons — can help cities and neighborhoods grow and become more prosperous.

Coletta also led the startup of ArtPlace, a unique public-private collaboration to accelerate creative placemaking in communities across the U.S., and was president and CEO of CEOs for Cities for seven years. Her full bio is available at

The event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested. For more information or to reserve a seat, visit

Media interested in attending the event should contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or


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About Amy McCaig

Amy is a senior media relations specialist in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.