Monday, April 19, 2010

Our Final Projects!

The last couple of weeks have brought a whirlwind of creativity! And we still have one more session to go before we celebrate our community festival on May 1st. We have been tiredlessly working on our final projects which will be shared and exhibited as part of the festival, along with our 5-layer community map, our Google map and a gallery exhibition of all of our work. And as always, the participants (raging in age from 6 to 58) don't cease to amaze us with their endless creativity, energy and commitment to their NOMAD LAB projects. We want to thank Cynthia and the City of Santa Clarita Community Services Division for providing the necessary supplies that are making these projects a reality.

The final projects came from the participants' response to the following: If you could build/propose/change in your community, what would it be? The projects all embody the dreams and desires of the participants for their neighborhood. And they all abide by the two conditions we put forth: the projects needed to benefit the community AND had to be shared in a public venue (our upcoming community festival). And here are some of the proposals!!

ROAD ART! This project, proposed by Gabby with Megan, will take over an area of approximately 100 x 30 ft of paved road for the purposes of a chalk mural that will be created collectively by the festival participants. The proposed artwork and accompanying text were designed by Gabby.

This project was proposed by Vanessa, who worked with Sasha, Jack and Evelyn to refine the concept. Vanessa wanted a community garden for our community. We discussed space, logistics, and maintenance issues and came up with an alternative that pleased everyone: our first NOMAD LAB garden! This project is a variation in the traditional community garden in that this garden will be nomadic: a garden on wheels! This week we will build a container garden with casters. On the day of the festival we will do our first plantings and sign up neighborhood families who are interested in taking care of the garden. Families will have the garden under their care for a week. After a week, the garden will be relocated and a different family will take over its care. The ambulant garden will be cared by many and enjoyed by all.
Here are our first drawings. Stay tuned for photos of the new NOMAD Garden!

This project was proposed by Wesley with his mom, Ms. Arlene. Wesley is already a skilled artist in his own right. On the day of the festival he will be leading a car painting workshop for youth, in which participants will be guided in the process of creating and completing paintings of cars that they will be able to take home as decoration.

This project was proposed by Elsa who is currently working closely with Cari to bring it to life. The project proposes a place for reading, sharing of stories from the past and the future, and learning of the craft of writing.

This project, proposed by Jenny, consists of a theater for the performance of puppetry and theater plays. Can't wait to see this project continue to take shape!

This project was proposed by Oscar with the help of Megan. On the day of the festival Oscar will share a presentation board with his ideas for this game room of the future!


This project was proposed by Arielle in collaboration with Jesus and Jimmy. They will be sharing their presentation board with their ideas for a water park you won't want to miss!
By the way, we have started to work on planning for our summer session and are considering having a big closing celebration at the end of July which might include an actual version of this water park!!!

This project was an original idea by Ana and the team bringing it to life consists of Joei, Ana, Julisa, and Evelyn. The team is designing veritable dream homes for neighborhood puppies. One the day of the festival neighbors will be able to admire these puppy paradises and even take one home for their favorite puppy!

Join us on May 1st -11am to3pm- to share on the NOMAD LAB participants' generous and collaborative creativity!!!

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