Skip to main content

Sirico Parables book

How does holistic community revitalization work? What does it require? Tackling such complex, deeply-rooted issues as intergenerational poverty, unsafe environments, high crime, and failing schools presents many challenges.  One solution- and the basis for the Purpose Built Communities model—is a coordinated holistic approach based on quality and focused on sustainability.

If you want to learn more about this topic in advance of his lecture, listen to the Acton Podcast to hear an interview with Ashanti Bryant on community revitalization. 

Group discounts for schools and other organizations available.
Register and pre-pay for 4 lectures and get the 5th free. Call 616.454.3080 to order.

This lecture will be livestreamed @ 12 noon on January 24 for those who cannot join in person.

Download the event flyer

List of All Upcoming Lectures

Ashanti Bryant
Ashanti Bryant, MSW, MEd

Education Director

Ashanti Bryant, MSW, MEd serves as the Education Director at AmplifyGR. AmplifyGR a nonprofit organization in the Boston Square/Cottage Grove/Madison Square neighborhoods. We are working hand-in-hand with residents and community partners around the goals of 1) bringing economic opportunities to the neighborhood and connecting existing/emerging entrepreneurs with resources; 2) making every effort to have residents afford to stay in their homes & in their neighborhood as well as bring additional quality and affordable housing opportunities to the community; 3) supporting stronger outcomes at neighborhood schools and overall learning—from cradle through career; and 4) supporting a safe and healthy community.

An experienced leader with years of school administration service in public, charter and independent private schools, Ashanti Bryant is a native of Detroit, Michigan. Ashanti has taught preschool through college, been a social worker and therapist, and facilitator/trainer. Ashanti is passionate about developing diverse & inclusive communities, strengthening educational programs, empowering & positioning teachers as leaders, and building cultures of success for all students. His wife is also an educator and their family lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Event Details

Start Date


Acton Institute | Mark Murray Auditorium
98 E. Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States


11:30 a.m. Doors open
12:00 p.m. Lecture begins
12:30 p.m. Q&A
1:00 p.m. Lecture ends


$15 General | $10 Student
Includes box lunch and beverage

(Please RSVP at least 48 hours in advance to guarantee a box lunch.)

Group discounts for schools and other organizations available.
Register and pre-pay for 4 lectures and get the 5th free. Call 616.454.3080 to order.


Directions to the Acton Institute

Metered street parking is available. Please bring sufficient change with you for meters or pay for parking with the Motu Parking app on your smartphone (iOS and Android). 

Paid parking lots are also available nearby. Please enter building off of Sheldon Blvd.

Map showing nearby parking.pdf