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DREAM BIG LIVE Is Coming to Minneapolis

DREAM BIG with Design / ASLA

DREAM BIG with Design immerses PreK-12 students in design-centered strategies that address some of the most critical issues of our time -- equity in design, climate action, transportation for all, water and stormwater, and more.

National ASLA is thrilled to announce that DREAM BIG with Design is coming to Minneapolis.

On Saturday, October 28, 9am-12pm, VIP guests from Maxfield Elementary School will get to sketch their way through the DREAM BIG LIVE ZONE with presenters from the DREAM BIG with Design 2021 and 2022 virtual conferences.

Located in the Exhibit Hall, the DREAM BIG LIVE ZONE will be dedicated to our special guests, but we encourage conference attendees to stop by and see how our members are introducing landscape architecture to the next generation, in-person.

Featured presenters include:

  • Billy Jonas, Award-Winning Children’s Musician and Producer of ASLA’s The Big Idea!
  • Jennifer Mok, ASLA, Walt Disney Imagineer and Lead Landscape Architect
  • Todd McCurdy, FASLA, designer of LEGOLAND, Florida
  • Chip Sullivan, FASLA, dynamic landscape architect
  • Nathan Schleicher, Lead Designer, Earthscape Play

About Past DREAM BIG with Design Virtual Conferences

In 2021, ASLA launched its inaugural PreK-12 Summit which included two full days of exciting virtual sessions led by landscape architects from Legoland Florida, Walt Disney Imagineering, the Boy Scouts, the Environmental Protection Agency, and more.

Program highlights included Story Time (presented in Spanish, Mandarin, and American Sign Language), an educator session on Next Generation Science Standards from the Chief Learning Officer at the National Science Teachers Association, and a surprise appearance from award-winning children's musician, Billy Jonas who led our PreK-grade 5 attendees into their conference break with his hit song L-M-N-O-P Break.

Building on the success of DREAM BIG 2021, ASLA kicked off its second PreK-12 Summit with live, interactive sessions that explored the future of landscape architecture with pollinator design, bee conservation, drone technology, and theme park design 2.0.

Special guests included noted landscape architects, scientist/entomologist Dr. Samuel Ramsey, award-winning World Wildlife Fund photographer Clay Bolt, and Chip Sullivan, FASLA. In 2022, DREAM BIG with Design also launched the surprise release of ASLA's new song The Big Idea! composed by Billy Jonas.

If you missed ASLA's Inaugural PreK-12 Summit, DREAM BIG with Design, access the free recordings at any time:

ASLA Career Discovery programming relies on our sponsors. Explore our sponsorship levels. Direct questions to Daniel Martin, Hon. ASLA, Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships.

Please direct questions about DREAM BIG LIVE to Lisa J. Jennings, Senior Manager, Career Discovery and Diversity.

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