Event Description: Preservation Colorado‘s annual Saving Places Conference is the second largest preservation conference in the Nation. Each year the Saving Places conference features workshops, educational sessions and special forums that address current and future trends in historic preservation as well as provide continuing education and networking opportunities.
The theme for the 2013 Saving Places Conference is “Framing Preservation: Building a Message Relevant for the 21st Century.” There is a significant body of evidence that suggests that historic preservation spurs downtown revitalization, creates jobs, promotes tourism, increases property values, has a smaller carbon footprint than new construction, connects people with places, strengthens communities and much more. Preservationists have done a fantastic job researching and documenting these benefits, yet historic preservation is often cast in an unfavorable light in the eyes of outsiders; ridiculed as a threat to private property rights, an impediment to progress, and an inefficient strain on resources. The 2013 Saving Places conference will aim to deconstruct the misunderstandings surrounding historic preservation and shape messages that clearly articulate positive benefits of the movement.
About Educational Sessions
At it’s core, the Saving Places Conference is about education. Though there are many avenues for learning available at the conference, the educational sessions, tours and workshops are the primary reason people attend Saving Places. The educational sessions, tours and workshops presented at the Saving Places Conference are designed to inspire, energize, and advance preservation. The sessions expose preservationists to new information that they can then integrate into their work and their communities.
Criteria for Selection
The proposed session must clearly apply to the target audience, align with the Colorado State Preservation Plan and be delivered by speakers with substantial topic knowledge and experience facilitating learning experiences and/or speaking to large groups. Student led sessions are encouraged provided an experienced teacher or practitioner acts as the session manager.
Proposals are evaluated using the following additional criteria:
- Content that is current and practical, cutting edge or innovative as it relates to historic preservation
- Programs and initiatives that demonstrate clear and measurable learning objectives
- Clear, specific, and informative content which is directly linked to the learning objectives
- A balanced slate of speakers representing diverse backgrounds, viewpoints, organizations, and internal/external practitioners.
- Completeness, accuracy, and clarity of the proposal. Proposals that do not follow the instructions will be ineligible
Educational sessions, tours and workshops will be solicited, researched, reviewed and selected by the Saving Places Conference Advisory Committee. The committee is composed of an interdisciplinary group of preservation professionals who are leaders in their fields.
Grant funding for the conference provides a limited amount for speaker travel/expense reimbursements. Reimbursements are based how much is requested in relation to how much is available (e.g. we take the amount available and divide it evenly among the requests). As a result, it is unlikely we will be able to reimburse 100% of the requested amount, but we will certainly be able to offset expenses in some way.
Session Proposal Deadline
August 24, 2012
Online Submission Form
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