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Childhood by Design: Art, Architecture, Design, and Placemaking for Children’s Flourishing

  • Grange Hall, Serenbe Chattahoochee Hills, GA 30268 (map)

Presented by Capita and AIR Serenbe, this convening and strategic conversation seeks to harness the power of art, architecture, design, and placemaking to ensure that all children and families flourish.

Childhood by Design will take place on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Grange Hall at Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. Located about half an hour from the Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, Serenbe is a progressive residential development set among acres of preserved forests and meadows, and committed to art, culture, and the environment.

Our convening will begin at 10:30am and will formally last until 5 pm. We will provide lunch by The Farmhouse Restaurant. At the end of the day, we will break for a cocktail reception and then have the opportunity to attend a Speaking of Making talk with Brendan Wenzel. Wenzel, an author-illustrator and a 2017 Caldecott Award honoree, will present an artist talk at Serenbe at 6:30 pm for those who wish to stay. Brendan will also participate in our discussions throughout the day.

During our time together, we will have four important goals:

• Enable better aligned, collective action between the early childhood field, the arts, design, placemaking, and architecture through knowledge-sharing and brainstorming
• Build a powerful, well-curated network interested in harnessing the power of art, design, architecture, and placemaking to improve outcomes for children
• Anticipate future challenges and opportunities to shape agendas for action and policy recommendations
• Contribute to catalyzing an innovation ecosystem in early childhood through relationships with other fields and diverse experts.

With these goals guiding our discussions, after this convening we will articulate and publish a map of present conditions, a vision for how greater connection between these fields could improve outcomes for children, and sketch plans for getting to optimal outcomes in the future. Capita will then curate a cross-system and cross-disciplinary network of architects, designers, urbanists, placemakers, and others deeply interested in the power of place, arts, and culture to improve outcomes for children.

This event is by invitation only.
If you are interested in learning more and/or attending, please contact AIR Serenbe Executive Director, Brandon Hinman at


AIR Serenbe

AIR Serenbe, the non-profit artist residency program of the Serenbe Institute, invests in artists of all disciplines.  We provide the time and space necessary for the creation of new work, as well as focused public programming that brings audiences in close contact with creative processes and practices.

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