Hey everybody! It's November 1st (time flies), and the period for sharing ideas and demonstrating support has now closed. Thank you for sharing your idea with the community.
The National Garden Association will announce the grant recipient at Memfix: Cleveland Street, a community event on Saturday, November 10th. Come out to Crosstown for a day of civic minded fun, and learn how you can support the winning project.
Thanks for offering a green grant. It's been beautiful seeing all the great ideas and people coming together to make communities better.
I'm putting this one on the back burner to slow cook for now.
JP, thanks for sharing this lovely idea!
I don't mean for this idea to be in the running for the grant, but I'd really like there to be a place where anyone, any age, any education level could come if they were feeling creative and wanted to make something for themselves or their community.
If it were to come about, a liaison between making community art and placing the art would be really helpful.
The wall I've run into with this aspect of it (with the phone booth mini-library and now the bus stop) makes it feel as though you need to have a master of fine arts and a court order just to be able add any beauty anywhere. It's no wonder people turn to graffiti.
Sorry for the spam guys, but I'm leaving this comment on each idea related to the NGA Grant:
The National Garden Association is reviewing these ideas this week! Only 14 days left until the competition closes. If you want this idea to receive the grant, be sure to share this idea with your friends and neighbors, asking for their support.
Tell me if I'm dreaming too big here, but, does anyone know the status of the Tennessee Brewery building? If that were a possibility, it's big enough that we might be able to combine ideas such these together there:
and possibly something like this after we got it cleaned up and going:
It could turn into the most beautiful multicultural hub for this:
Inspiration: NOLA Healing Center http://neworleanshealingcenter.org/
and Pittsburgh's Union Project http://www.unionproject.org/
Memphis needs a community movement center to encourage community participation and revitalization in under-served areas.
Movement could mean physical such as hula hooping, yoga, martial arts, dance, drum circles,...
Oops. At some point along the way, this became more about beautifying places we all see and less about creating things that could actually raise money for other Neighborland projects, but I still think if there were an artist supply shop full of material to repurpose somewhere, pieces for auctions would inevitably become available.
If it were a big enough building, maybe people could even have the option of renting and/or working for their own private studio spaces.
Heard back from Mr. Hudson of MATA today, so I'm pretty thrilled right now. Not sure if I'm supposed to talk about it here or not, though, so... it sounds great! :)
If the place absolutely had to create revenue, it could double as something like this: resourceyard.org/ which would make home upgrades more affordable for some, and more interesting for others.
About access to supplies: I think doing it something like this amazing org (revolutionsmemphis.wordpress.com/) would be fantastic; while those who couldn't afford a membership fee could offer more of their time to help collect materials and work on building the community projects.
About scale: Memphis at large. I think *all* of us do a bit of psychogeography/deep topography whether we realize it or not. I imagine with an online presence for the place, we could get something like #SQFT jumping, where anyone who sees something could post a pic and possibly an idea, too.
Raison d'être via raison d'être. Voilà, magic. ;)
Well now now, and to iron out your artist statement into a mission statement for the Up-cycling Shoppe. You're clearly touched by the personal stories of individuals that go through the environment we've built-- with all of its socioeconomic constructs tricking souls into believing that they are less than perfect. It's a tough world, and it needs the sensitivity of an artist's eye and hand to remind us of the joy and rewards of life.
So. Sure, yeah, space might be easy to come by, or collaborations with existing partners in the community. Easy peasy. Declaring a definitive project for the stake of revenue generation and learning to work amongst one another with a select core team of organization builders? I recognize fully the wealth of talent and gifts that the people in my life have, it's a matter of having a raison d'etre. In what population do you feel that your work, at an initial small scale, can have a thoughtful impact upon that would draw magnetism to your ideals?