Blackwell School Alliance

Community Charrette

April 23-24, 2020

The Blackwell School Alliance and its partners will host a multi-day community engagement event in April. In preparation of the event, the Alliance has engaged Frontera Public Relations to conduct community conversations in the coming weeks to better understand the values, opinions, and ideas related to the future of the Blackwell School.


With the completion of a Historic Structures Report and the addition of the school to the National Register of Historic Places in 2019, the Alliance is looking to engage deeper with the multiple perspectives of former students, and wider with stakeholders interested in heritage tourism, archiving of historic materials, and the creation of a fully functional museum and visitor center.


The Community Charrette will be held April 23-24, 2020, with multiple sessions being held at different venues around Marfa. Topics of discussion will include architecture, museum opportunities, neighborhood impacts, tourism, and the historical context and significance of the Blackwell School.


Unlike a conference or a workshop, a charrette is a type of public meeting that provides methods and opportunities for input from the participants and the goal of collaboration to arrive at decisions. Frontera Public Relations has been tasked with conducting pre-charrette interviews, carrying out community outreach, and coordinating the charrette in conjunction with the Alliance.


The Blackwell Community Charrette will take place Thursday, April 23, and Friday, April 24, followed by the annual Blackwell Block Party on Saturday, April 25. All the events are free and open to the public.


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