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Wendy Benscoter

Project Director

Shreveport Common

Shreveport Common

Background Information

Employment History

Project Manager, Shreveport Common

Benscoter Consultants

Instructor Creative Placemaking Certification

The Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture

Adjunct Teacher

Louisiana State University

Manager Sales Development

Shreveport Times

Manager Satellite Offices

The Houston Post

Education


development
Centenary College

Web References (18 Total References)


"It is about getting the community ...

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"It is about getting the community to not be afraid to come here, teaching local artists to earn a living, and putting access to art in neighbors' backyard," Wendy Benscoter, project director for Shreveport Common, told BIZ. Magazine last fall.

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Still, Wendy noted that the development team has been very conscience about avoiding gentrification when it comes to creative placemaking like that taking place at Shreveport Common, saying, "We don't want to see these changes displace the residents that are already here.


"I think we can all agree ...

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"I think we can all agree that we were on the verge of losing some of the state's most significant historic buildings due to neglect, and while plans had been tossed around for years, we needed a real impetus for change that would unite the community to revitalize this area together," Wendy Benscoter, project manager for Shreveport Common, said.

"The goal for Shreveport Common is that artists are involved with stakeholders from the very beginning to design all aspects that make up an authentic, sustainable, creative community," Benscoter said. "Success will be realized when artists can afford and want to live and work there; when it's a place where the community can 'stumble upon the fun,' because there's always something new and exciting going on; when bike trails, signs, walking paths, benches, lighting and crosswalks are all designed by artists, all lead to public art and programming that's always a surprise. The goal is a unique community that is true to the history and character of the area, while being environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable, as well as creatively stimulating, vibrant, diverse and inclusive. That's a tall order! The artists who want to live and work in Shreveport Common have been a vital part of planning. Among the needs expressed by artists are affordable private and shared residences, studio space designed specifically for artists, better alternative transportation and amenities and more commissioned and earned income opportunities. "I've saved every response as far back as 2011, and we refer to them often," Benscoter said.
In addition to the recently restored Central ARTSTATION and the renovated Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium, many large projects are in the work for Shreveport Common.
"One and a third acres of empty lots at the nexus of Shreveport Common have been purchased by the city of Shreveport in a joint effort with Caddo Parish to create an artist-designed urban greenspace named Caddo Common," Benscoter said. "Caddo Common Design is perhaps the first time artists have been paid to be a part of a park design team in Shreveport. The park, with paths, benches, lighting, water feature, shade and amphitheater, will be one more example of how artists will change what is now a still-mostly concrete and nearly forgotten area to a creative cultural community."
"The city recently 'saved' the Arlington Hotel after years of neglect, and with the help of [Downtown Development Authority], it is undergoing a structural assessment with plans for redevelopment, perhaps as a boutique hotel with retail," Benscoter said.
The Shreveport Common Vision Plan proposes new fill-in buildings where currently exist mostly abandoned concrete lots. The plan creates places for artists to live and work, new market places, galleries, cafes, fresh food markets and other amenities. These ideas came from artists and the local community during listening sessions. "Wilson's Corner is a proposed affordable artists residence, with adjacent work space for large scale art such as welding, glass blowing, and sculpture," Benscoter said.


Training

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Wendy Benscoter is a highly respected trainer, consultant and strategist. Her professionalism shows in every task she undertakes, no matter the size or the scope. She has a keen insight into the dynamics of organizations and is exceptional at digging deep to address the needs of her clients on consulting, training and strategic planning projects. In addition, she is an excellent presenter and facilitator for group and organizational meetings. It is with the highest regard that I recommend Wendy to any organization seeking to grow and prosper even amid difficult times.

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Wendy Benscoter served as an adjunct teacher at LSU Shreveport for our Public Relations program. She brought several skills to our department: a high level of academic understanding for the Public Relations discipline, real world experience, the ability to join the two in classroom teaching, and a well-defined professional attitude and behavior. s. Benscoter was well-liked as a teacher because of these significant skills. She is knowledgeable, motivated, and concerned about her students.


Strategic Planning

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Wendy Benscoter is the epitome of professionalism, with an easy going manner that makes the strategic process very easy! Our strategic plan is very clear and easy to facilitate due to the thoughtful process and personal attention that Wendy gave it!

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Wendy Benscoter led our Board at Literacy Volunteers at Centenary College in the development of a strategic plan. endy was a great facilitator and her enthusiasm motivated everyone involved in the process. er facilitation throughout the four step planning process helped the Board to develop a written strategic plan that we are now implementing. Her professionalism was outstanding and she constantly reminded us that this was our plan, not hers.


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