Part of our mission as designers is to play a role in our community as volunteers and change agents. At times time has meant leading art and computer classes to inner-city after-school programs and teaching basic computer literacy to adults. Once it meant traveling to a remote region of India to work at a school and build a laptop lab. We have supported efforts to revitalize our local public schools and national efforts to teach kids that "Kindness Rocks." Recently, it has looked like being part of an organization that paints murals throughout the Richmond region and being a member of the inaugural cohort of an Urban Gardening program. We will be highlighting a few of these efforts in this space.


Planting in the Hard Places

November 5, 2017

The first class of Beautiful RVA‘s Ginter Urban Gardeners gathered twice a week, for 12 weeks, to do the very important work of making a difference: learning new things, building relationships, getting their hands dirty and urban gardening for the benefit of the Richmond community. Earlier this month, they became the first graduates of the program.  Support for this program is provided by The Community Foundation. I created the garden rendering for the project and also wrote about my journey for the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's blog.

http://www.lewisginter.org/ginter-urban-gardening/

 

This project was honored to receive a Golden Hammer award from the Storefront to Community Design as a new Placemaking construction that was a volunteer directed effort.


Start With a Seed

June 16, 2017

Arts in the Alley was approached about creating a mural to celebrate the vibrancy of the communicate and encourage healthy lifestyle choices in a distressed part of downtown Petersburg, Virginia.

Working In partnership with Dr. Maghboeba Mosavel, Associate Professor of the V.C.U. Department of Health Behavior and Policy and the Petersburg Wellness Consortium I developed a bright and inviting design around the theme of "Start with a Seed" and over two days and with the help of fifty volunteers from the surrounding community we transformed a high-visibility wall on a major entrance route into the historic district into an attractive and hopefully inspiring piece of collaborative art at a Homeless service provider Cares, Inc..