As the past few months have shown, water quality, agriculture, land use, and the economy continue to be issues of deep concern to Eastern Shore residents. Bringing people together for real and respectful dialogue is a first step toward addressing these concerns. Let’s Be Shore is available to help local groups in planning community conversations.
Below is a list of how the Maryland Humanities Council (MHC) can assist local organizations to implement future programs. We are eager to talk to you about whether you would like to take advantage of this assistance.
1. MHC can help to identify and foster partnerships or new connections between local groups or organizations. Email us at email@example.com.
2. MHC can offer guidance on how to apply for a “Civic Engagement” grant from our grant program. This grant could potentially fund programs that use the humanities to bring Marylanders together for discussion.
3. Program Manager Beth Barbush is available to consult with planning of a future public dialogue or program. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. MHC Let’s Be Shore communications can inform constituents about your events or programs inspired by the Let’s Be Shore project via our blog, the Practicing Democracy Facebook page, and Let’s Be Shore monthly Email blasts.
5. MHC can provide consultation on connecting organizations with humanities pieces, scholars, and ideas to springboard discussions. This includes the free use of the Let’s Be Shore videos that can be found on the Let’s Be Shore website or downloaded directly from YouTube.
6. MHC can assist and connect organizations with mediators or facilitators statewide.
7. Transcripts from Let’s Be Shore interviews featuring Eastern Shore residents’ opinions and perspectives on land use, agriculture and water quality will soon be available through the Edward H. Nabb Research Center in Salisbury.
What types of resources do you need to carry on the conversation about land use, agriculture, and water quality along the Eastern Shore? We’d love to hear your opinions.