POLIS: CULTURAL PLANNING

polis: cultural planning is dedicated to providing expertise related to cultural resource management, preservation planning and documentation strategies for municipalities, neighborhoods, individuals, developers, artists and non-profits. Our work goes beyond historic designation--into the realm of practical documentation of buildings, experiences and traditions that honor and elevate the meaning of community.

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CYNTHIA M. AMMERMAN

Principal

Ms. Ammerman has developed a unique skill set related to the built environment, the arts and humanities including advocacy, cultural policy, event production, and organizational branding. As a leader, Ms. Ammerman's work philosophy is rooted in memory, placemaking, and dialogue. Her accomplishments include Co-Founder of the Kansas City Latin Jazz Orchestra, authoring National Register of Historic Places nominations, presentations in Berlin, Germany, Graz, Austria, Prague, Czech Republic; Warsaw, Poland; Santiago, Chile and business development, film projects, & outreach in South America with local & federal agencies, artists and NGOs. Her public & private project experience includes the geographies of the New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the Midwestern United States.  Of utmost importance to Ms. Ammerman is honoring the local presence and accomplishments of the artists and people who make relevant impacts in their own communities and beyond.


Her formal education includes liberal arts studies in philosophy and history; and a self-tailored masters studies program exploring urbanism and historic preservation. 


Ms. Ammerman has continued professional education via the UNITAR platform with an emphasis in Heritage Tourism through Arts and Culture based Community Development as well as UNESCO World Heritage Nomination Criterion guidelines. She is a graduate of the Ewing Marion Kauffman FasTrac Program and Ewing Marion Kauffman Educations Fellow. 

Years Active

Arts Management: 16

Real Estate & Development: 15

Marketing & Storytelling: 15

Cultural Heritage: 10

Non-Profit Strategic Planning: 10

“The Polis, properly speaking, is not the city-state in its physical location; it is the organization of the people as it arises out of acting and speaking together, and its true space lies between people living together for this purpose, no matter where they happen to be.”

(Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition, 198).

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