Free to Attend, the Save Your Spaces Festival is for anyone who wants to protect their community! If you live and cherish the community you call home, this event is for you.
This festival is designed to celebrate Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQAI+, Womxn, Immigrant and Working-Class Communities and their Members. Anyone is welcome to attend.
Historic preservation is one way to center and protect histories. We all have unique heritages and spaces where we make memories and live; they should be remembered & protected with that in mind.
As development continues to expand into the long-forgotten spaces of our communities, we want to work with you to do our part in restoring, preserving and protecting historic spaces that have been negatively impacted by (de facto) segregation and red-lining.
During this one-day event, we want to provide education, inspiration and activation for you to get involved in cultural heritage and historic preservation.
Nedra Deadwyler, Founder and Executive Director of Save Your Spaces
Nedra Deadwyler is a public historian and native of Atlanta. Her approach centers on diverse narratives; Black, Indigenous, POC, queer, and immigrant voices in how we talk about place and history. She is the Founder and Principal of Civil Bikes, a heritage tour company, and Save Your Spaces, a preservation festival, she is based in Atlanta, Georgia. She received a Master of Heritage Preservation at Georgia State University, Master of Social Work from New York University, a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Georgia. She was a Fellow, at the Center for Civic Innovation. And Scholar in Residence 2021 with The Atlanta Beltline. She has published a chapter, Civil Bikes: embracing Atlanta’s racialized history through bicycle tours. (Routledge, 2016, Bicycle Justice and Urban Transformation: Biking for All? Edited by A. Golub, M.L. Hoffmann, A. E. Lugo, and G. F. Sandoval), book review, Whose Bike Lanes, a book review of “Bike Lanes are White Lanes: Urban Planning and Bicycle Infrastructure and Advocacy, and an article, “There is a Tremendous Untold Story of Black. People on Bikes” in Bicycling Magazine, August 2020. She has presented at conferences hosted by Active Living Research, League of American Bicyclists, and Intersections 2018. She recently started a consultation practice and is available to work on projects in the area of public history, placemaking, tourism, cultural heritage and historic preservation.
Panel discussion during Save Your Spaces, 2022.
Yes Please Bookstore hosted a library installation, 2022.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Anyone who is intrigued by local history, wants to contribute to storytelling, have a (his/her)story to preserve, curious and wants to learn more about cultural heritage and create ways to preserve that embraces one’s own culture.
WHY ATTEND: Build a network of community-selected and designated heritage and historic sites, join in on educational and skill-building programs, get involved or create your own project, and more!
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