2021 Emerging Issues Symposium
"Women in the Arts: The Transformative Role of Art in Culture and The Economy"
On November 12, the eighth annual Women's Policy Forum Emerging Issues Symposium was held in collaboration with Amphibian Stage. Our keynote speaker, Philippa Hughes, spoke about her work building "social infrastructure" and creating a sense of community through design and art. Next, we heard from Heidi Marquez Smith, CEO of the Texas Cultural Trust, who detailed some of the findings in the State of the Arts Report which shows the importance of art in our economy, education and health and wellbeing.
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Dana Burghdorff, Assistant City Manager
October Lunch Presentation
Having a Voice in Local Redistricting
WPF Member and Assistant Fort Worth City Manager Dana Burghdorff gave an interesting presentation on the process of redistricting, incuding a little trivia on gerrymandering, and a detailed explanation of the process for the City of Fort Worth to create two new City Council districts and redraw the council districts. Burghdorff said the goal is to provide bebest opportunities to elect Council members who reflect Fort Worth's growing and diverse population. She mentioned that the City wants to include greater public participation and transparency in the process and encouraged members to attend meetings, and go online to learn more. Find more information at the Redistricting link and see the entire presentation.
News & Networking
Thursday's News & Networking featured an update on Covid from Brandon Bennett, City of Fort Worth health officer. Bennett talked aboutthe Delta variant spike, the difference between the vaccines, vaccine booster shots and Covid testing. In his informative talk, he pointed out that the hospitalization numbers have spiked with the Delta variant, mostly in lessvaccinated populations, including pediatric hospitalizations. He mentioned that other mitigation strategies have waned, leading to more hospitalizations, 98% of which are unvaccinated.