Big Ideas for Ballot Box

The residents of Northshore Collinwood came out in full force for the Ballot Box Project’s second meeting to discuss the four project focus areas that will provide guidance for artist’s proposals. There was so much excitement from the first meeting, that attendance nearly doubled!

Outside of the meeting space, a local musician welcomed guests into the space. Many sat outside enjoying the melodic sounds of Modern Acoustic Music Collective. Some passer-byers were intrigued, and wanted to learn about what was happening.

There were over 50 residents, artist, and civic leaders gathered into four groups for 45 minutes to discuss Collinwood’s history, vacancy, healthy eating, or youth involvement. The Collinwood history group reflected on the significant events, places, and people, while the youth involvement group discussed concerns and the type of activities youth want to get involved. The vacancy group talked about what they wanted to see, and where they wanted to see it, and the healthy eating group focused on the activities and promotion of food access.

Meeting two was the epitome of community engagement. With all the residents having their voices heard, and getting to know their neighbors, many did not want to leave. At next month’s meeting, December 16th, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Collinwood Recreation Center you’re invited to join the conversation and provide feedback to artists’ proposals.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 5:18 PM, 12.06.2015