SCAD Revolving Funds Project

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Into the Classroom

In collaboration with SCAD: Savannah College of Art and Design, PastForward is engaging young people in exciting content development to be shared at the scad student2National Preservation Conference. This winter SCAD students researched and documented the power of revolving funds over time as part of the course HIPR 704: Preservation Economics and Development. They surveyed funds around the country and prepared an economic impact report, which will serve as the basis for a documentary on revolving funds to premiere at PastForward. Their research has also contributed to educational content for Learning Labs, Power Sessions and TrustLive programming at the conference. From advocacy and policy to real estate and development, the students have explored the many, at times complicated and misunderstood, facets of revolving funds. Their findings will not only educate attendees, it will surely lead to dynamic discussions around the intersection between preservation and property redevelopment.

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Student Reactions – Revolving Funds and Historic Preservation

scad student"I was able to see how revolving funds have an economic impact within their communities, that is directly related to the preservation field … historic preservation is a way of thinking and a lifestyle that encourages efforts to keep our history around for the present and the future. Not only does it retain our history, but historic preservation also stimulates economies and communities." ~ Shannon Schaefer, M.F.A., Photography and M.F.A. Candidate, Historic Preservation

"By evaluating the economic impact of revolving funds I learned that historic preservation really is more than saving buildings. It is a movement that creates and fosters the community setting and atmosphere. Through creating an evaluation standard that determined the success of specific historic preservation organizations, we first had to understand the scope of outcomes that could define success. In doing so, we discovered that historic preservation can revitalize downtowns, create communities and stabilize neighborhoods." ~ Allison Asbrock, M.F.A. Candidate, Historic Preservation

"In order for historic preservation to have resonance with the next generation, its connection with environmental protection should be maintained, enhanced and described for the benefit of the general public. The preservation of buildings and sites which already have established their ecological footprint helps to save the environment and thereby helps to avoid unnecessary expenditures of money and unnecessary production of energy. Besides its aid to environmental sustainability, historic preservation has resonance through its protection of cultural heritage and identity … It is important for preservationists to engage fellow preservationists and others in conversation about historic preservation." ~ Carl Klein, M.F.A. Candidate, Historic Preservation