Application deadline for adults is October 22; deadline for youth (ages 12–18) is November 24.

 

Calling creative thinkers and innovators from every walk of life—from students to seniors and everyone in between—Historic Kennett Square (HKS) wants to hear your idea to make Kennett Square an even better place for people.

Have you ever thought, “I wish Kennett had/did/provided . . .”? What one small project do you think would make Kennett Square a better place—more fun, more creative, safer, or more beautiful?

Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference between a place that’s livable and a place that’s both livable and lovable.

Dream up a project that you and your friends, family, or classmates could bring to life to benefit people in Kennett Square (if only you had some assistance and $1,000). Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Square Roots Collective, there will be two separate competitions and two $1,000 prizes—one for youth ages 12 to 18, and another for adults over 18.

“People often think that only big, grand-scale projects will make a difference,” says HKS Executive Director Bo Wright, “but actually it’s the opposite. Real, lasting change that meets the needs and reflects the values of a community often happens more slowly, with incremental improvements. These improvements often solve a problem that residents encounter. But, just as importantly, they can also be designed bring joy or beautify a place.”

Historic Kennett Square’s South Broad Street parklet is an example of a larger-scale placemaking project that’s making KSQ more livable, lovable, and safe for residents and visitors—and their four-footed friends.

Important Dates

The audience in attendance at the KSQ Speaker Series event with Marques King on November 11th will vote to choose the winning project from among the adult finalists (ages 18 and up), and the individual adult or team of adults with the most votes will receive funding for their project up to $1,000 and assistance from HKS to bring their project to life.

The audience in attendance at the KSQ Speaker Series event on January 18th will vote to choose the winning project from among the youth finalists (ages 12–18), and the individual youth or team of youth with the most votes will receive funding for their project up to $1,000 and assistance from HKS to bring their project to life.

Click here for some recent examples of placemaking projects in Kennett Square and further resources.