Despite the rain and cold weather...
Celebrating communities and the different values that empower them.
Exquisite coloring celebrates communities and the different values that empower them. Each participant starts with a form to fill out their name and contact information as well as the three types of capital they think are most important to communities that they care about. After selecting their three types of capital, they receive the corresponding colors and a square to color in. This coloring activity does not assume the importance of one value over the other but does ask that participants color within the lines of their square. This activity is inspired in part by the “Exquisite Corpse,” a method that collectively assembles words or images. Post by Emily Wazlak
Kids Cooking Show
As we began planning for the May Mash-Up, we had to come up with an objective and purpose for the event. After reviewing the things we learned about food, health, community, and social capital, we determined that our main objective for the night was to bridge gaps in the community and bring people together over food.
One of our very first concepts was an exquisite corpse. This was a way to weave two different perspectives together by having people come together and draw different parts of the same object while getting them thinking about healthy food. We started combining aspects of several of these ideas. We decided to make vegetable characters that kids could color and attach a recipe to the other side of the sheet. The purpose of this exercise was to help kids get excited about healthy foods, put their artwork on the refrigerator, and hopefully convince an adult to help them make the recipe. We tested the idea at Assemble. We learned that kids were less excited about “Rockin Radish” or “Zippy Zucchini” and more excited about the actual recipes. So the the next iteration included the recipe on the same side of the paper as the illustration.
As we thought more about the May Mash-Up event, we decided to create a scene where the community could imagine a cooking show in the space. The idea was to have kids decorate a recipe and then pretend to make it on a “Kids Cooking Show”. They could dress up as chefs and get their pictures taken with a cooking show backdrop. Post by Kaylee White (project partner Tamara Cartwright)
The Good Mood Grocery Store
Understanding community's cultural fabric through food preferences
Working in Garfield, I explored ways to broaden a community's understanding of their diverse cultural fabric through their food preferences. A subsequent goal was to start conversations between people living in the same community and encourage them to share their food experiences and ideas. Good Mood Grocery Store represents a grocery store’s façade, which allows participants to show foods they like or dislike. Several suggestions are drawn on cards that they can pick while other cards are blank to allow them to draw their personal selection. This project aims to create a platform to empower communities to think about their food choices as experiences that deeply connect to their identity and to use them to inspire and give ideas to others.
While some of the participants understood the activity by simply interacting with the prototype, many still needed a prompt to be able to do it. Some participants – younger and older - took time to draw the foods that they didn’t find in the pile and some even had a long conversation about why they picked that food. One participant also shared the name of her favorite food magazine that she uses regularly to learn how to cook more vegetables easily. Another participant talked about the value of buying local food and where it is possible to find tasty vegetable. Generally, everyone felt more comfortable thinking about foods they love rather than the ones they dislike. Finally, bad weather forced us to set-up the station at the back of the pod, and the size of the board were not conducive to conversations between groups of people. Therefore, everyone stayed with their group and shared their stories with me instead of other participants. Goals for further design iterations would be to rethink the framing of the activity to make it even more intuitive and simple to interact with, to make the physical space and the prototype more conducive to conversations between groups and finally to have prompts ready to generate these conversations and main takeaways for the participants. Post by Imane Fahli
Communities thrive when the people living in them know they matter. Take time to consider the values that matter to you in our community and discover how they determine your unique worth here. People were asked to weave things that mattered to them. We spent several months running workshops to understand the needs of the community and other forms of capital that help to shape the identify of a community. Words on the canvas were derived from these workshops and conversations.
M.A.P. The 15206
The community was asked to help map the different types of capital within a mile of Latham St. Commons. Capital is as an asset, something you value. It comes in many forms, both tangible and intangible, formal and informal. A community relies on all kinds of capital to flourish. Help build upon the network of care shaping the 15026. Based on our research we identified assets that the community relies on (health care, social services, people, places of worships, places for learning, etc). We created a series of icons that represented those assets. People were asked to use a pen tell to us the name of the asset. They were also asked if there a memory, person or story attached to the asset. The weather forced the group to move activity inside, making it impossible to facilitate a discussion around the table. We gathered a ton of great data but not enough rich stories. We will try again in June!