In my societal commentary,”Orion … A Feline Metaphor for Hybrid Governance,” I proposed a hybrid type of governance as alternative to our current political malaise and civic ineptitude. At the center of this hybrid is the Community 3.0 Front Porch civic network. A Front Porch can be the local pub down the street or the coffee-house you get your morning the espresso from. It can be Bill’s garage where everyone hangs out to watch Sunday football games. It can even be your kitchen table. What happens on the Front Porch is what matters … not what it looks like or where it is.
The Front Porch’s purpose is to identify Solutions, whether they be in response of needs or opportunities. These Solutions are designed to help your community pick up the slack and mend its societal safety net. They can range from organizing a cleanup effort, to fixing a playground, to even spearheading a high school mentoring or apprentice program.
To get a more full understanding of the Community 3.0 Front Porch concept, please read the post, “Front Porches.“
As a part of the Community 3.0 platform we’ve put together a roster of several examples of what can come of collaborations in your community’s Front Porches. Imagine, take direct action … and this could be your community.
One of these examples is “Is It Art.”
Public Area Art Projects
Normally any mention of graffiti conjures up images of delinquency and gangs. But in many cases it’s the only outlet for creative expression many young artists have for their talents. The pop art movement of the ’50s and ’60s was seen the same way. After all, how can a painting of a Campbell’s Soup can be art. As well we all know, in hindsight … it is!
Why does there need to be “Art Districts?” Shouldn’t everywhere be an art district? In every community there are canvases. They could be anywhere – an old abandoned building, an underpass, or even a dilapidated wooden fence around a vacant lot in need of love. “Is It Art?” is the vehicle matching the street artists just waiting to show their talent with their future canvases.
Pride in one’s community is the lifeblood of its prosperity. The better someone feels about where they live and work, the more productive they are, and higher the likelihood of them sticking around for the long-term … especially the younger generations. And fundamental to pride is individuality. And that goes for communities also. A town or city needs to reflect the flavor of its residents and history. It needs to show what it “brings to the table.” Through its program “Is It Art?,” Community 3.0 is out to facilitate and nurture this individuality.
Art takes many forms. Art can be a painting of a landscape or a lake. Art can also be a personal expression in the form of graffiti on an abandoned building on an abandoned block. Who’s to say which is better … which is more artistic?
Art can also be sound, in the form of music. The music of the community, no matter the age or ethnicity, is a large part of its fabric. Creating music is possibly the most mentally stimulating exercise a person can undertake. If for no other reason than that – music needs to be nurtured. Art can also be visually active, as in theatre or film. Home grown local theatre gives people, young and old, an opportunity to express themselves.
Many times it’s these avenues of self-expression, no matter the medium, that give people the only outlet they have. We as communities need to make sure we provide and nurture these avenues and give everyone an opportunity to be seen and be heard. And through these creatives, the entire community benefits.
Community 3.0 will scour the community for palettes (graffiti spots, etc.) and stages (formal and informal) for our aspiring artists, musicians and actors. No matter your talent … we want to help you shine.
If you wish to join us at Community 3.0 making “Is It Art?” a success and impactful, then please tell us. Help us create a foundation for which our communities can build on in their quest for self-sustainability and well-being. No matter what role you wish to play; whether it’s directly in your community or you’re someone who wants to lend your experience and expertise to us in devising network-wide programs … we welcome you.
To get a more full understanding of the Community 3.0 Front Porch concept, please read the post, “Front Porches.” Also please follow us on Twitter at @Community3_0, and check out the main 3.0 web site.
And when you’re ready – please comment below, tell us who you are and how you think you can better the 3.0 community.
Community 3.0 Solutions:
- “Label the Town” ~ Community “places of interest” labeling
- “Pretty Pictures on the Wall” ~ Amateur art showings
- “Is it Art” ~ Vacant area art projects: art, music, theatrical
- “Showing our Stuff” ~ Street fairs
- “Recess Time” ~ Playground restoration
- “Help Me … I’m Dirty” ~ Public and private space clean-up
- “Stop and Smell the Roses” ~ Public and private space beautification
- “Fixing the Neighborhood” ~ Neighborhood renewal and repair
- “Hey … We Need Some Help Over Here” ~ “On-demand” help services
- “Apollo 13 … Please Come Home” ~ “Resource Maximization”
- “Pop-up Community” ~ Vacant building resource maximization
- “I’m Not Alone Anymore” ~ Elderly / shut-in well-being assistance
- “Get Out of the House” ~ Adult athletic and intelligence leagues
- “Love Comes From the Ground” ~ Gardens and farmers markets
- “Play Ball” ~ Youth sports and intelligence leagues
- “Getting Up to Speed” ~ Student tutoring
- “This is What I Think … ” ~ Youth writing project
- “Making the Transition” ~ Apprenticeships and post school transition
- “Leadership 2020 Anti-Congress” ~ Student assembly