The Live Well Lauderhill initiative continues to work through the complex layers of permissions necessary to install the Art of Community project. Everyone is working hard to design and install a community-led public work of art. Community members, teen leaders, city officials, FP & L, the Broward County School District, and FIU professors are working collaboratively to make this awesome design a reality. Follow the link for a sneak peek of the project design!
In November 2011, Mark Fenton, a national expert on built environments and healthy communities, accompanied the Live Well Lauderhill community team on a tour led by students. You can learn more about his work at http://markfenton.com We keep Mr. Fenton posted on what’s happening here and he sent the following feedback after the Going Places Photo Voice exhibit:
This is impressive beyond words, but in no way surprising. I really believe it is a phenomenal model for other communities to follow, and think we should be identifying some of the key lessons of your success. In no particular order, these come to mind:
1. The physical proximity of the Y and the school, so that it is basically a part of the school community and seamless to the kids.
2. Amazing leadership, or better MENTORSHIP and stewardship by the team at the Y. It is critical that the adult guidance be there for the kids insights and skills to reach fruition.
3. A ready outside partner, in this case (at least, if not more) the innovative community art studio and associated redevelopment effort.
4. A well defined challenge (or challenges). Rather than starting with a massive canvas–how do we change the entire community–you are tackling some very specific, well-defined and recognized opportunities for improvement. This means you will also be able to concretely measure progress.
I don’t list the kids as a unique lesson or asset, because in general I believe young people have a huge amount to offer as long as we put these other elements in place to open the door for them.
Thanks for your ongoing encouragement Mr. Fenton! We all especially loved the last line about young people and feel blessed everyday to work with such wonderful, hopeful students.
Check out coverage of Live Well Lauderhill partner FLIPANY’s fun run
The Live Well Lauderhill tour was featured in the Sun Sentinel Sunday. A couple of notes will help expand upon the article:
1) While some partners are listed in the article, far more attended the tour. Nearly the entire list of partners on the website were represented along with many others. Thank you to everyone for your participation!
2) The article lists the CDC grant at $12,000. This is the correct amount of the award, however, it should be noted that only a fraction of the grant was used to sponsor the community tour. Other important work that this grant funded was two conferences in Washington DC for the leadership team to fulfill the work of the grant process along with the upcoming student art exhibit at the Lauderhill Art Center on January 19th.