Main Idea Session
Tuesday, May 7, 2024
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Location Name
Sheraton, Birmingham Ballroom

Box, Circle, Line, Tangle: A Spatial Understanding of the Humanity of our Main Streets 

Join Erin Barnes, Main Street America President and CEO, for this Main Idea session with special guest Dr. Mindy Fullilove, a writer and social psychiatrist whose work studying cities centers displacement, mental health, and collective consciousness. 


In this intimate fireside-style chat hear how well-designed, equitable spaces can create connection to place and people, and help us heal. For a deeper dive into this important topic, pick up a copy of Dr. Fullilove's book Main Street: How a City’s Heart Connects Us All from the conference bookstore. 


After the keynote, you’re invited to experience a special musical performance and artist conversation centered on the role of live music in public spaces in sparking joy, fostering belonging, and creating places people love. Get ready to be inspired! 


Keynote speaker sponsored by: Philip A. Morris Fund for the Design Arts, a fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham.

Musical performance and artist conversation made possible with support from: Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation. 

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