Peter Kageyama (standing at right) discusses a T-shirt design with Kenmore residents at a “For the Love of Kenmore” event in 2015. Kageyama will host another workshop on April 3 at Kenmore City Hall. Reporter file photo

Kenmore residents encouraged to share the love — again

Peter Kageyama is returning to Kenmore this spring to help engage the community in sharing their love for the city.

The community-building expert, known for his books “For the Love of Cities” and “Love Where You Live,” first came to Kenmore two years ago to help city staff engage with residents in implementing ideas for public art, beautification and events.

“The event in April 2015 was so powerful and such a game changer,” Kenmore City Manager Rob Karlinsey said. “We want to keep that momentum alive.”

Karlinsey sees this year’s event, titled “For the Love of Kenmore: To the Next Level,” as an opportunity for both those who came two years ago and new attendees.

As such, Kageyama will have a blend of familiar items and new activities in this workshop.

“There will be a bit of remediation for folks who had not heard me before,” he said. “And knowing that many will have heard the message before and have become actively engaged in making Kenmore a better, more interesting, more lovable place, I will provide them with some additional things to think about in the work that they are doing — some different lenses, if you will.

“I will also do an exercise that brings the focus down to the local, neighborhood level and encourages your community to think even more hyper-locally about what they can do to improve the city.”

This is not the first city where Kageyama has had a repeat visit. He’s also done multiple workshops in cities including Ludington, Mich.; Muskegon, Mich.; and Tauranga, New Zealand.

“These places, I believe like Kenmore, wanted to expose more people to the ideas and message, and thus thought it worthwhile to bring me back,” he said.

The free workshop is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. April 3 at Kenmore City Hall. Food and refreshments will be provided, and those interested should RSVP to communications@kenmorewa.gov.

For more information, visit kenmorewa.gov/FortheLoveofKenmore.

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