Inquisitive Visitors “Discover Development” in NYC


Eight new friends hailing from Georgia, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania and the Netherlands spent three days in NYC as part of an immersive course of study, observation and play led by Institute director Lois Holzman (second from r., above).  Dubbed Discover Development NYC, and designed as an experiential introduction to New York’s development community, the program debuted this spring.

Across the city, country and the world, people are intrigued to learn of the activities of the development community. We created this program so they can experience it first hand,” said Holzman.

For the inaugural and multinational grouping (Dutch, Italian, Mexican, Russian and North American) Holzman offered a historical look at multi-faceted development programs – built upon 40 years of experimentation and discovery outside of traditional institutional settings and secured by an independent community-funding base.


An awards ceremony for political theater, a talent show workshop with inner-city young people, a stroll through Greenwich Village and dinner at a local bistro, abundant philosophical/political conversation and an improv-skills class — were all part of the weekend program, which will be offered again in the fall.


About Janet Wootten

Janet Wootten is a media and public relations professional, a member of the Institute’s Board of Directors and a leader of its annual community fundraising campaign.
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