6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Cornerstone Center for the Arts
Admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to preregister online.
Being emotionally invested in a city can help it thrive, and it's something internationally sought-after author and speaker Peter Kageyama's work is rooted in.
On Wednesday, Kageyama will be visiting Cornerstone Center for the Arts to speak about his book “Love Where You Live,” as well as how the human heart plays a role in a community’s development.
Kageyama first became interested in community development in 2003, after meeting Richard Florida, author of “Rise of the Creative Class.” Inspired by Florida’s message about the importance of creative and innovative people in communities, he helped found Creative Tampa Bay. The organization helped push the agenda of creative industries in the Tampa area.
In 2011, Kageyama released his first book, called “For the Love of Cities.” Later, in 2015, he published “Love Where You Live.” Both focus on the value of emotional engagement of a city.
Kageyama believes that community members should fall in love with the city they live in.
“Love matters, and most people would acknowledge that to some degree, but then it gets tricky,” he said. “What we need to do is create a set of conditions where love might happen. And the approach I talk about is complementary to the way people build and manage cities.”
The event is hosted by Ball State’s Office of Community Engagement. The office’s staff discovered Kageyama’s books last year. Inspired by the love for cities that he describes in his books, the staff wanted to bring Kageyama to Muncie to give a presentation about his beliefs and ideas.
With programs such as Building Better Neighborhoods, Muncie Action Plan and the Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance that are helping to improve the city of Muncie, Erin Moore, the Office of Community Engagement’s communications coordinator, knew Kageyama’s presentation would be a great opportunity for the Muncie community.
“Peter's presentation is a great way to bring all of these individuals and organizations together and celebrate the goodness happening in our city,” said Moore.
Kageyama is also excited to give a presentation to the Muncie community.
“I am always excited to come to a city for the first time,” Kageyama said. “There is always something new and perhaps, unique, to discover.”
The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will last until 8 p.m. Admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to preregister online.