Preservation Education Fund

Preservation cannot exist without recognizing its value and its positive impact on our city’s economy and culture. That powerful sense of “home” resonates with those who learn to appreciate our historic past and architectural legacy. The Power of Preservation Education will support staffing, programming, and new educational initiatives that will increase public understanding of the value of historic preservation and help property owners learn more about how they can carefully steward their own properties. The Preservation Education Fund will support a full-time education staff person to develop and manage a range of new and expanded educational programs for the next five years. Creating this position will also allow current staff to focus more time on critical preservation advocacy issues.

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PPS plans to expand its base of grant funding to underwrite a significant portion of its educational programming costs. Sustainability is imperative, and PPS will seek donors to endow these services in perpetuity, and also create fee-based, revenue-generating programs to help supplement income in support of our mission. Examples include:

– A comprehensive, state-of-the-art, online portal for Providence architecture and landscapes which will serve as a central repository for information on historic places in Providence.

– Training in building skills, such as plaster work, masonry, and restoration carpentry, which are necessary to preserve historic buildings. As part of its strategic plan, PPS seeks to expand its role in the training of traditional building skills. We are currently studying similar, successful programs from around the country to determine how best to customize a program for the Providence community and its unique blend of neighborhoods.

– Expansion of youth education in schools, summer camps, youth groups, and throughout the diverse neighborhoods of Providence, helping children learn about and value the past so they can better steward the future of preservation.

 And more!


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