Ready to be inspired? Come to KICtalks!

Aug 24, 2015 03:11:44 PM


Kalamazoo, MI –

Who is innovative in Kalamazoo? Find out at KICtalks! Join us on Wednesday, August 26 at 5:30 pm at Kalamazoo Public Library Central Location. 

KICtalks (Kalamazoo Innovative Community Talks) are quarterly events featuring three-to-four short presentations on innovative, engaging endeavors followed by an opportunity for formal discussions and networking. Bring your printed info for the literature table. Locally-sourced refreshments will be served. 

We know that members of our community are working hard to make Kalamazoo a better place to live and work. That’s why the Kalamazoo Public Library and ONEplace started KICtalks, an event series that spotlights dynamic, innovative endeavors happening right now. 

Join us every quarter for three 10-minute talks presented by residents on the ground doing the work. The program is followed by a reception where locally-sourced refreshments will be served.

The August 26 event features four innovative organizations:   
  • Read and Write Kalamazoo will describe how their empathy centers provide a variety of opportunities for children to authentically express themselves. Utilizing small groups and collaborative adult interaction, they develop a culture where voice, perspective, and identity are valued.
  • Can Kalamazoo become the most physically fit community of its size in the nation? On the Move Kalamazoo believes it can. They will describe common barriers to movement, specific barriers in Kalamazoo, and their vision for getting us fit.
  • What does it mean to “be from Kalamazoo?” Remi Harrington of the Urban Folk Art Exploratory will share her fascinating story and will inspire all to seek what you need from our amazing community and claim Kalamazoo as your hometown.
  • When we talk of education, we rarely talk of educating the parents…as teachers of their children. Seeds for Success, a local affiliate of Parents as Teachers, will describe how they collaborate with five area agencies to give kids – and parents – a better chance for success.


Quarterly KICtalk events are open and free to the public. To register, visit



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