We are excited to announce the projects for Summer SOUP ’17: Neighborhood Revitalization!
Our hosts at the Miracle Garden give us an amazing opportunity to feature projects from across the city that are working like them to uplift communities. Their work in Linden to brighten spaces, build a community, and foster better health has made an positive impact – which is why they won Summer SOUP ’16. We can’t wait to have the #greenspoonarmy at our first SOUP hosted by a past winner.
We have a pretty amazing mix of projects for this event—. These four projects are working hard to improve their communities. Without further ado… here are our four presenters:
In the past 365 days alone, Second Sight has: hosted 8 artists from 3 states and 3 continents, worked with 2 different universities to bring students and student work to the neighborhood, held 12 neighborhood-based open studios in 3 separate project houses, installed 5 permanent public artworks, and facilitated 3 participatory public art projects that encouraged Franklinton residents to take ownership of the creative community envisioned for this place. Our financial goal is to keep costs as low as possible to incoming visiting artists, which is why it is important for us to do fundraising – in order to keep the residency houses in good working order without putting the artists at an economic disadvantage. We have three major areas that need repair or improvement this year and the expenditures for SOUP funds would be approximately as follows: roof repair at 730 Bellows – $1000, window replacements at 735 Sullivant -$750, kitchen cabinets at 735 Sullivant, $750.
Firebird Garden is an educational garden and community space built and operated by Walipini Charities. The conversion from vacant lot to flourishing garden was done during the spring of 2017, with the help of Franklinton Preparatory Academy\’s first Civic Agriculture class. The Columbus neighborhood of Franklinton, where we operate, is a food desert, with the closest grocery stores out of reach for most residents. In addition, the community is plagued by trash and blighted buildings, unemployment, and drug use. 99% of Franklinton Preparatory students live below the poverty line. Nearly 25% of Franklinton’s residential spaces are vacant, many of them free of structures. We use the funds to buy supplies to construct the greenhouse and extend our growing season.
Our vision is that every single home should have a food garden. Sourcing of our food starts there, and works outward through radial travel distances, as needed. If more people can grow food at their homes, then they are more likely to engage in community gardens and bigger conversations about food sourcing. Individuals feel empowered when they can take ownership of their food and their land. They lead happier and healthier lives when they are connected to their home and feel inspired to cook meals for their families and others. Neighbors Grow can help support existing local food programs by helping households implement thriving gardens and building stronger neighborhood communities.
Nestled within the Milo-Grogan neighborhood lies the Milo-Grogan Butterfly Garden. The garden sits next to 934 Gallery, a gallery that focuses on bringing a fresh perspective to contemporary art through exciting and thought-provoking exhibitions, installations, performances, and public art projects. The Milo-Grogan Butterfly Garden (MGBG) serves as a monarch waystation and meeting ground for those who live in the Milo-Grogan neighborhood. MGBG has no reliable source of sound equipment to use for the performances and relies on borrowing equipment from friends of the space. Likewise, the MGBG has no form of external lighting. At dusk it becomes very dark in the garden, and will limit the programming we can safely provide, especially in the early fall as the sun sets earlier. There is also the cost of upkeeping the garden with proper tools and plants to service the monarch butterflies. The Milo-Grogan community has a lack of accessible art, music, and cultural opportunities for younger residents. The MGBG acts as a welcoming beacon where community members can feel safe to express themselves and learn about art, music, and other forms of culture in an environment free from judgement.