The Office of Community Partnerships, Planning, and Research is organized to allow for a more concerted effort to showcase Grinnell as a thriving and vibrant community, finding ways to connect campus and community through outreach programs and events, while enhancing the community’s social and economic vitality. Summerfest and Ignite are two large public outreach programs that have successfully provided meaningful impact. The office also leads campus and community teams to create, plan, promote and execute original events showcasing the value and relevance of the humanities in the public sphere, i.e. Smithsonian programming, Mellon grant-funded programming, and the Community Common Read. Additionally, the office leads efforts to develop and execute materials and programming to excite newcomers and guests about the resources, opportunities, and quality of life in Grinnell, i.e. New Student, New Employee, and New Faculty Orientations, Prospect and VIP tours, NSO and Relocation Videos.