Fighting Poverty with Passion
This month has been very rewarding, as I completed three projects that I had been working on in collaboration with a few other VISTAs!
This week StayLocal! had a release party at the New Orleans Jazz Market for their Central City Guides. These guides provide a map of the neighborhood and highlight local businesses and organizations doing good work in Central City (TCC included!) Merry asked me months ago to help with some of the design work for the map and it is great to see it finally in printed form! I also designed and fabricated over 100 custom boxes for their members to display the guides at their businesses. This was a fun project because I had the opportunity to use a laser-cutter to prototype how these boxes would fold together into displays.
Sheana connected me with some folks over at the Broadmoor Education Corridor and Broadmoor Improvement Association to work on a visualization of their Garden of Learning project. They wanted a rendering and a preliminary budget for their proposal, so I used all their material to create a visioning booklet which conveys the project in a very clear way. Hopefully they will be able to use this booklet to approach funders and take the project to the next step. This project would transform the lot next to the Rosa Keller Library into a space for parents and children to engage in educational play. I am a big proponent of creating spaces for children to learn and play so I hope this project becomes a reality in the future.
The last project which wrapped up this month was also the first project I began, in collaboration with Alle and the APEX Youth Center. Last semester Tulane City Center design-build students met Alle and some of the kids at APEX to brainstorm ideas to make improvements to the APEX playground. They designed a two-tiered bench that wraps the brick wall behind the basketball court, with an integrated planter and steel canopy. Last week we finally planted the jasmine vines that are going to grow over the canopy structure. I can’t wait to see it once the plants grow over the canopy and the flowers bloom!
In other news, Tulane City Center is now accepting proposals for new projects! I am looking forward to seeing what proposals come in and what capacity I will work on these new projects.