The Maypole Garden is planted! Friday and Saturday were scheduled garden installation with Neighborhood Youth Garden Corps, Openlands,Chicago Cares volunteers, Maypole Residents and Kidstart students. Friday was spent moving two huge mounds of mulch and soil into the garden to create the path and areas for plants. Despite the hot weather the students worked hard moving dirt with wheelbarrows, shovels, buckets and tarps. All the dirt and mulch was in the garden by mid-moring on Saturday and we were able to start planting. So far the garden looks beautiful! An Evergreen tree will be added in the Fall when the season is right to plant it.
Lot(s) is a pedagogical approach to empowering communities to design local common public spaces. Lot(s) seeks to recruit and connect artists and designers with communities, to utilize the knowledge imbedded within the community to create place(s) that facilitate(s) and commemorate(s) local history while looking towards social and ecological goals of the future. This collaboration between community members and artists in the creation of neighborhood spaces brings together local knowledge and a diverse resource base to effectively address several of the desires and problems concerning neighborhood. By utilizing a network of overlapping interests in the same physical and ideological spaces, project participants will work together to provide a model for future collaborations.