Series Replay: MUSE’s Candid COVID Conversations

As we approach the first 100 days since the beginning of States taking precautions with Stay at Home policies due to the COVID – 19 pandemic, many of us are still trying to understand how to adjust to a “new normal”. 

During this time, MUSE Community + Design produced a conversation series entitled “MUSEings: Candid COVID Conversations”, highlighting how we are managing during the Covid-19 pandemic and uprisings as leaders in the field, as parents and professionals, and as Black planners.   

Katrina Balog, MUSE’s Director of Operations, spoke with Sara Dinges, the executive director of the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce about how small businesses are handling the abrupt change to their retail, service and restaurant businesses and the innovative ways the chamber is supporting them. Sara and Katrina also talk candidly about the personal and professional challenges of managing the “new normal”. 

Watch Parenting and Planning During a Pandemic here. 

Courtney Kashima, MUSE’s Founding Principal, spoke with April Hughes – President of AIA Chicago and owner of HPZS Architects – about impact in their respective firms and fields, their commitment to advancing issues of equity and inclusion, and what it’s like to be a “lady leader”. 

Watch Leadership in the Age of ‘Rona here. 

Nina Idemudia, MUSE’s Director of Planning, lead a discussion with Kristen Gordon, Economic Development Deputy for Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson in Los Angeles; Khalilah Burt Gaston, Founder & President at Guidepath Strategies in Detroit; and Dr. Matthew Miller, Provost Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design in Philadelphia about what it’s like to be a black planner during a pandemic and an uprising. The discussion was an opportunity for Black planners to share their experiences with each other and talk about what changes need to happen in the planning profession. 

Watch Planning while Black in a Crisis here.