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The Ecology of Democracy, Chapter 6 - Your point of view - 2

Hello Everyone,

Our classroom discussions have centered on a chapter you were assigned from The Ecology of Democracy.

This is a gentle reminder that your posts and responses are due by Monday, November 27th by midnight. Keep in mind, you are to write a well thought-out, meaningful reflection paper about your group project  and respond to two of your classmates papers, for a minimum total of three posts.

Remember, we are interested in your original thoughts and ideas! This assignment is designed to get you to think critically and engage in a civil discussion with your classmates about the democratic process of problem solving as it relates to you in the classroom and in the community.

Please do not wait until the last minute; post early and often. Each post will be graded based on the quality of the content. Your post should cover some aspect of the chapter you are reading including the problem, process, program and projected outcome. Please use this link to enter the website http://ecologyofdemocracy.org/.

You will make your posts in the classroom conversations area; under the thread The Ecology of Democracy Your point of View-2. You can also receive up to 20 points extra credit by answering the thread question: How do you understand the role of citizens or the citizenry in a democracy?  If you have not registered, you will need to do so. Feel free to catch me in class or shoot me an email if you have any questions.

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MMSymanzik's picture

Hi! I like your ideas about having the homeless perform in a play to raise awareness about the homeless. Any idea what kind of play would best accomplish this goal? Also, would you provide places for your actors to shower and clean and get into costume before the play? Do you think your homeless actors would want compensation or pay for performing in the play? Would it directly benefit your actors to perform this play? I did like your idea about the ticket pricing online versus at the door. It seemed fair. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

MMwicker's picture

My group started of this project by listing off ideas to help with our problem. We all went around brainstorming our own ideas of what we think is the best idea. The problem my group was faced with was homelessness. Most of my group members did not talk much, or did not show up, so I felt like I had to come up with more ideas to overcompensate. Each person in my group had different ideas, so in the end we decided to put our ideas together to make one main idea.

I learned that it is harder than you think to come up with programs to help those in need. While planning our program, my group faced problems with details. We knew what we were going to do, but we did not know how we were going to do it. Our plan was to create a play involving the homeless, so we could raise awareness, as well as money to give back to homeless shelters. So to overcome our lack of detail we had to think long and hard about how we were going to get this done.

In the end we had a much better idea of what was going to happen and how. The first thing we needed to figure out is who we want to help, so we picked a homeless shelter here in Flint to help out. From there we could have the people living in the shelter be a part of our play, and the shelter could also bus people back and forth. Also my team members and I could also help out with transportation. Our five thousand dollar budget was going to be used for producing the play, along with donations. Whatever donations were left over would be donated to the homeless shelter. The percids from the play will also be donated, tickets would be ten dollars online and twenty at the door. To get people to come to the play we need to advertise. In order to advertise my group decided we would use social media, hang up flyers, go on the news, send out emails, etc. This play would happen over two weeks Friday-Sunday to ensure the max about of revenue. In the end our projected outcome is to raise more money than our five thousand dollar budget. Also if five thousand dollars is not enough to help us produce our paly we would ask for donations. The donation could be money or anything people are willing to give us. For example if someone owned a costumes shop, we would take costumes as donations, if that person is willing to give it to us for free to spread awareness about our cause.

In the end after each group came up with their own ideas to combat their own problem we came together as one big group. Coming together as one big group was much easier because every group already had ideas of what to do. We came up with one day where there will be lots of events going on and three main plays. When coming up with what we wanted to do as one big group there was some conflict, but not a lot. When we did not agree as a team, we took a vote and the Marjory ruled, and that is how we solved conflict. It was also more fun to work with a bigger group because there is more personalities you get to experience and you get to talk to people you probably would not have if it was not for this project. We had tons of fun, but at times that got us in trouble because we were on a deadline from the Mayer, and only had a certain amount of hours to get certain things done. After we realized we needed to get down to business our ideas and plans came together quickly. When working in a group you have to remember to listen to others, even if you don’t agree with them. Because when you listen to others, you could actually hear an idea you like, and an idea that someone says can spark other ideas.

MMwicker's picture

My group started of this project by listing off ideas to help with our problem. We all went around brainstorming our own ideas of what we think is the best idea. The problem my group was faced with was homelessness. Most of my group members did not talk much, or did not show up, so I felt like I had to come up with more ideas to overcompensate. Each person in my group had different ideas, so in the end we decided to put our ideas together to make one main idea.

I learned that it is harder than you think to come up with programs to help those in need. While planning our program, my group faced problems with details. We knew what we were going to do, but we did not know how we were going to do it. Our plan was to create a play involving the homeless, so we could raise awareness, as well as money to give back to homeless shelters. So to overcome our lack of detail we had to think long and hard about how we were going to get this done.

In the end we had a much better idea of what was going to happen and how. The first thing we needed to figure out is who we want to help, so we picked a homeless shelter here in Flint to help out. From there we could have the people living in the shelter be a part of our play, and the shelter could also bus people back and forth. Also my team members and I could also help out with transportation. Our five thousand dollar budget was going to be used for producing the play, along with donations. Whatever donations were left over would be donated to the homeless shelter. The percids from the play will also be donated, tickets would be ten dollars online and twenty at the door. To get people to come to the play we need to advertise. In order to advertise my group decided we would use social media, hang up flyers, go on the news, send out emails, etc. This play would happen over two weeks Friday-Sunday to ensure the max about of revenue. In the end our projected outcome is to raise more money than our five thousand dollar budget. Also if five thousand dollars is not enough to help us produce our paly we would ask for donations. The donation could be money or anything people are willing to give us. For example if someone owned a costumes shop, we would take costumes as donations, if that person is willing to give it to us for free to spread awareness about our cause.

In the end after each group came up with their own ideas to combat their own problem we came together as one big group. Coming together as one big group was much easier because every group already had ideas of what to do. We came up with one day where there will be lots of events going on and three main plays. When coming up with what we wanted to do as one big group there was some conflict, but not a lot. When we did not agree as a team, we took a vote and the Marjory ruled, and that is how we solved conflict. It was also more fun to work with a bigger group because there is more personalities you get to experience and you get to talk to people you probably would not have if it was not for this project. We had tons of fun, but at times that got us in trouble because we were on a deadline from the Mayer, and only had a certain amount of hours to get certain things done. After we realized we needed to get down to business our ideas and plans came together quickly. When working in a group you have to remember to listen to others, even if you don’t agree with them. Because when you listen to others, you could actually hear an idea you like, and an idea that someone says can spark other ideas.

MMwicker's picture

My group started of this project by listing off ideas to help with our problem. We all went around brainstorming our own ideas of what we think is the best idea. The problem my group was faced with was homelessness. Most of my group members did not talk much, or did not show up, so I felt like I had to come up with more ideas to overcompensate. Each person in my group had different ideas, so in the end we decided to put our ideas together to make one main idea.

I learned that it is harder than you think to come up with programs to help those in need. While planning our program, my group faced problems with details. We knew what we were going to do, but we did not know how we were going to do it. Our plan was to create a play involving the homeless, so we could raise awareness, as well as money to give back to homeless shelters. So to overcome our lack of detail we had to think long and hard about how we were going to get this done.

In the end we had a much better idea of what was going to happen and how. The first thing we needed to figure out is who we want to help, so we picked a homeless shelter here in Flint to help out. From there we could have the people living in the shelter be a part of our play, and the shelter could also bus people back and forth. Also my team members and I could also help out with transportation. Our five thousand dollar budget was going to be used for producing the play, along with donations. Whatever donations were left over would be donated to the homeless shelter. The percids from the play will also be donated, tickets would be ten dollars online and twenty at the door. To get people to come to the play we need to advertise. In order to advertise my group decided we would use social media, hang up flyers, go on the news, send out emails, etc. This play would happen over two weeks Friday-Sunday to ensure the max about of revenue. In the end our projected outcome is to raise more money than our five thousand dollar budget. Also if five thousand dollars is not enough to help us produce our paly we would ask for donations. The donation could be money or anything people are willing to give us. For example if someone owned a costumes shop, we would take costumes as donations, if that person is willing to give it to us for free to spread awareness about our cause.

In the end after each group came up with their own ideas to combat their own problem we came together as one big group. Coming together as one big group was much easier because every group already had ideas of what to do. We came up with one day where there will be lots of events going on and three main plays. When coming up with what we wanted to do as one big group there was some conflict, but not a lot. When we did not agree as a team, we took a vote and the Marjory ruled, and that is how we solved conflict. It was also more fun to work with a bigger group because there is more personalities you get to experience and you get to talk to people you probably would not have if it was not for this project. We had tons of fun, but at times that got us in trouble because we were on a deadline from the Mayer, and only had a certain amount of hours to get certain things done. After we realized we needed to get down to business our ideas and plans came together quickly. When working in a group you have to remember to listen to others, even if you don’t agree with them. Because when you listen to others, you could actually hear an idea you like, and an idea that someone says can spark other ideas.

MMwicker's picture

My group started of this project by listing off ideas to help with our problem. We all went around brainstorming our own ideas of what we think is the best idea. The problem my group was faced with was homelessness. Most of my group members did not talk much, or did not show up, so I felt like I had to come up with more ideas to overcompensate. Each person in my group had different ideas, so in the end we decided to put our ideas together to make one main idea.

I learned that it is harder than you think to come up with programs to help those in need. While planning our program, my group faced problems with details. We knew what we were going to do, but we did not know how we were going to do it. Our plan was to create a play involving the homeless, so we could raise awareness, as well as money to give back to homeless shelters. So to overcome our lack of detail we had to think long and hard about how we were going to get this done.

In the end we had a much better idea of what was going to happen and how. The first thing we needed to figure out is who we want to help, so we picked a homeless shelter here in Flint to help out. From there we could have the people living in the shelter be a part of our play, and the shelter could also bus people back and forth. Also my team members and I could also help out with transportation. Our five thousand dollar budget was going to be used for producing the play, along with donations. Whatever donations were left over would be donated to the homeless shelter. The percids from the play will also be donated, tickets would be ten dollars online and twenty at the door. To get people to come to the play we need to advertise. In order to advertise my group decided we would use social media, hang up flyers, go on the news, send out emails, etc. This play would happen over two weeks Friday-Sunday to ensure the max about of revenue. In the end our projected outcome is to raise more money than our five thousand dollar budget. Also if five thousand dollars is not enough to help us produce our paly we would ask for donations. The donation could be money or anything people are willing to give us. For example if someone owned a costumes shop, we would take costumes as donations, if that person is willing to give it to us for free to spread awareness about our cause.

In the end after each group came up with their own ideas to combat their own problem we came together as one big group. Coming together as one big group was much easier because every group already had ideas of what to do. We came up with one day where there will be lots of events going on and three main plays. When coming up with what we wanted to do as one big group there was some conflict, but not a lot. When we did not agree as a team, we took a vote and the Marjory ruled, and that is how we solved conflict. It was also more fun to work with a bigger group because there is more personalities you get to experience and you get to talk to people you probably would not have if it was not for this project. We had tons of fun, but at times that got us in trouble because we were on a deadline from the Mayer, and only had a certain amount of hours to get certain things done. After we realized we needed to get down to business our ideas and plans came together quickly. When working in a group you have to remember to listen to others, even if you don’t agree with them. Because when you listen to others, you could actually hear an idea you like, and an idea that someone says can spark other ideas.

MMwicker's picture

My group started of this project by listing off ideas to help with our problem. We all went around brainstorming our own ideas of what we think is the best idea. The problem my group was faced with was homelessness. Most of my group members did not talk much, or did not show up, so I felt like I had to come up with more ideas to overcompensate. Each person in my group had different ideas, so in the end we decided to put our ideas together to make one main idea.

I learned that it is harder than you think to come up with programs to help those in need. While planning our program, my group faced problems with details. We knew what we were going to do, but we did not know how we were going to do it. Our plan was to create a play involving the homeless, so we could raise awareness, as well as money to give back to homeless shelters. So to overcome our lack of detail we had to think long and hard about how we were going to get this done.

In the end we had a much better idea of what was going to happen and how. The first thing we needed to figure out is who we want to help, so we picked a homeless shelter here in Flint to help out. From there we could have the people living in the shelter be a part of our play, and the shelter could also bus people back and forth. Also my team members and I could also help out with transportation. Our five thousand dollar budget was going to be used for producing the play, along with donations. Whatever donations were left over would be donated to the homeless shelter. The percids from the play will also be donated, tickets would be ten dollars online and twenty at the door. To get people to come to the play we need to advertise. In order to advertise my group decided we would use social media, hang up flyers, go on the news, send out emails, etc. This play would happen over two weeks Friday-Sunday to ensure the max about of revenue. In the end our projected outcome is to raise more money than our five thousand dollar budget. Also if five thousand dollars is not enough to help us produce our paly we would ask for donations. The donation could be money or anything people are willing to give us. For example if someone owned a costumes shop, we would take costumes as donations, if that person is willing to give it to us for free to spread awareness about our cause.

In the end after each group came up with their own ideas to combat their own problem we came together as one big group. Coming together as one big group was much easier because every group already had ideas of what to do. We came up with one day where there will be lots of events going on and three main plays. When coming up with what we wanted to do as one big group there was some conflict, but not a lot. When we did not agree as a team, we took a vote and the Marjory ruled, and that is how we solved conflict. It was also more fun to work with a bigger group because there is more personalities you get to experience and you get to talk to people you probably would not have if it was not for this project. We had tons of fun, but at times that got us in trouble because we were on a deadline from the Mayer, and only had a certain amount of hours to get certain things done. After we realized we needed to get down to business our ideas and plans came together quickly. When working in a group you have to remember to listen to others, even if you don’t agree with them. Because when you listen to others, you could actually hear an idea you like, and an idea that someone says can spark other ideas.

MMwicker's picture

My group started of this project by listing off ideas to help with our problem. We all went around brainstorming our own ideas of what we think is the best idea. The problem my group was faced with was homelessness. Most of my group members did not talk much, or did not show up, so I felt like I had to come up with more ideas to overcompensate. Each person in my group had different ideas, so in the end we decided to put our ideas together to make one main idea.

I learned that it is harder than you think to come up with programs to help those in need. While planning our program, my group faced problems with details. We knew what we were going to do, but we did not know how we were going to do it. Our plan was to create a play involving the homeless, so we could raise awareness, as well as money to give back to homeless shelters. So to overcome our lack of detail we had to think long and hard about how we were going to get this done.

In the end we had a much better idea of what was going to happen and how. The first thing we needed to figure out is who we want to help, so we picked a homeless shelter here in Flint to help out. From there we could have the people living in the shelter be a part of our play, and the shelter could also bus people back and forth. Also my team members and I could also help out with transportation. Our five thousand dollar budget was going to be used for producing the play, along with donations. Whatever donations were left over would be donated to the homeless shelter. The percids from the play will also be donated, tickets would be ten dollars online and twenty at the door. To get people to come to the play we need to advertise. In order to advertise my group decided we would use social media, hang up flyers, go on the news, send out emails, etc. This play would happen over two weeks Friday-Sunday to ensure the max about of revenue. In the end our projected outcome is to raise more money than our five thousand dollar budget. Also if five thousand dollars is not enough to help us produce our paly we would ask for donations. The donation could be money or anything people are willing to give us. For example if someone owned a costumes shop, we would take costumes as donations, if that person is willing to give it to us for free to spread awareness about our cause.

In the end after each group came up with their own ideas to combat their own problem we came together as one big group. Coming together as one big group was much easier because every group already had ideas of what to do. We came up with one day where there will be lots of events going on and three main plays. When coming up with what we wanted to do as one big group there was some conflict, but not a lot. When we did not agree as a team, we took a vote and the Marjory ruled, and that is how we solved conflict. It was also more fun to work with a bigger group because there is more personalities you get to experience and you get to talk to people you probably would not have if it was not for this project. We had tons of fun, but at times that got us in trouble because we were on a deadline from the Mayer, and only had a certain amount of hours to get certain things done. After we realized we needed to get down to business our ideas and plans came together quickly. When working in a group you have to remember to listen to others, even if you don’t agree with them. Because when you listen to others, you could actually hear an idea you like, and an idea that someone says can spark other ideas.

MMwicker's picture

My group started of this project by listing off ideas to help with our problem. We all went around brainstorming our own ideas of what we think is the best idea. The problem my group was faced with was homelessness. Most of my group members did not talk much, or did not show up, so I felt like I had to come up with more ideas to overcompensate. Each person in my group had different ideas, so in the end we decided to put our ideas together to make one main idea.

I learned that it is harder than you think to come up with programs to help those in need. While planning our program, my group faced problems with details. We knew what we were going to do, but we did not know how we were going to do it. Our plan was to create a play involving the homeless, so we could raise awareness, as well as money to give back to homeless shelters. So to overcome our lack of detail we had to think long and hard about how we were going to get this done.

In the end we had a much better idea of what was going to happen and how. The first thing we needed to figure out is who we want to help, so we picked a homeless shelter here in Flint to help out. From there we could have the people living in the shelter be a part of our play, and the shelter could also bus people back and forth. Also my team members and I could also help out with transportation. Our five thousand dollar budget was going to be used for producing the play, along with donations. Whatever donations were left over would be donated to the homeless shelter. The percids from the play will also be donated, tickets would be ten dollars online and twenty at the door. To get people to come to the play we need to advertise. In order to advertise my group decided we would use social media, hang up flyers, go on the news, send out emails, etc. This play would happen over two weeks Friday-Sunday to ensure the max about of revenue. In the end our projected outcome is to raise more money than our five thousand dollar budget. Also if five thousand dollars is not enough to help us produce our paly we would ask for donations. The donation could be money or anything people are willing to give us. For example if someone owned a costumes shop, we would take costumes as donations, if that person is willing to give it to us for free to spread awareness about our cause.

In the end after each group came up with their own ideas to combat their own problem we came together as one big group. Coming together as one big group was much easier because every group already had ideas of what to do. We came up with one day where there will be lots of events going on and three main plays. When coming up with what we wanted to do as one big group there was some conflict, but not a lot. When we did not agree as a team, we took a vote and the Marjory ruled, and that is how we solved conflict. It was also more fun to work with a bigger group because there is more personalities you get to experience and you get to talk to people you probably would not have if it was not for this project. We had tons of fun, but at times that got us in trouble because we were on a deadline from the Mayer, and only had a certain amount of hours to get certain things done. After we realized we needed to get down to business our ideas and plans came together quickly. When working in a group you have to remember to listen to others, even if you don’t agree with them. Because when you listen to others, you could actually hear an idea you like, and an idea that someone says can spark other ideas.

MMwicker's picture

My group started of this project by listing off ideas to help with our problem. We all went around brainstorming our own ideas of what we think is the best idea. The problem my group was faced with was homelessness. Most of my group members did not talk much, or did not show up, so I felt like I had to come up with more ideas to overcompensate. Each person in my group had different ideas, so in the end we decided to put our ideas together to make one main idea.

I learned that it is harder than you think to come up with programs to help those in need. While planning our program, my group faced problems with details. We knew what we were going to do, but we did not know how we were going to do it. Our plan was to create a play involving the homeless, so we could raise awareness, as well as money to give back to homeless shelters. So to overcome our lack of detail we had to think long and hard about how we were going to get this done.

In the end we had a much better idea of what was going to happen and how. The first thing we needed to figure out is who we want to help, so we picked a homeless shelter here in Flint to help out. From there we could have the people living in the shelter be a part of our play, and the shelter could also bus people back and forth. Also my team members and I could also help out with transportation. Our five thousand dollar budget was going to be used for producing the play, along with donations. Whatever donations were left over would be donated to the homeless shelter. The percids from the play will also be donated, tickets would be ten dollars online and twenty at the door. To get people to come to the play we need to advertise. In order to advertise my group decided we would use social media, hang up flyers, go on the news, send out emails, etc. This play would happen over two weeks Friday-Sunday to ensure the max about of revenue. In the end our projected outcome is to raise more money than our five thousand dollar budget. Also if five thousand dollars is not enough to help us produce our paly we would ask for donations. The donation could be money or anything people are willing to give us. For example if someone owned a costumes shop, we would take costumes as donations, if that person is willing to give it to us for free to spread awareness about our cause.

In the end after each group came up with their own ideas to combat their own problem we came together as one big group. Coming together as one big group was much easier because every group already had ideas of what to do. We came up with one day where there will be lots of events going on and three main plays. When coming up with what we wanted to do as one big group there was some conflict, but not a lot. When we did not agree as a team, we took a vote and the Marjory ruled, and that is how we solved conflict. It was also more fun to work with a bigger group because there is more personalities you get to experience and you get to talk to people you probably would not have if it was not for this project. We had tons of fun, but at times that got us in trouble because we were on a deadline from the Mayer, and only had a certain amount of hours to get certain things done. After we realized we needed to get down to business our ideas and plans came together quickly. When working in a group you have to remember to listen to others, even if you don’t agree with them. Because when you listen to others, you could actually hear an idea you like, and an idea that someone says can spark other ideas.

MMwicker's picture

My group started of this project by listing off ideas to help with our problem. We all went around brainstorming our own ideas of what we think is the best idea. The problem my group was faced with was homelessness. Most of my group members did not talk much, or did not show up, so I felt like I had to come up with more ideas to overcompensate. Each person in my group had different ideas, so in the end we decided to put our ideas together to make one main idea.

I learned that it is harder than you think to come up with programs to help those in need. While planning our program, my group faced problems with details. We knew what we were going to do, but we did not know how we were going to do it. Our plan was to create a play involving the homeless, so we could raise awareness, as well as money to give back to homeless shelters. So to overcome our lack of detail we had to think long and hard about how we were going to get this done.

In the end we had a much better idea of what was going to happen and how. The first thing we needed to figure out is who we want to help, so we picked a homeless shelter here in Flint to help out. From there we could have the people living in the shelter be a part of our play, and the shelter could also bus people back and forth. Also my team members and I could also help out with transportation. Our five thousand dollar budget was going to be used for producing the play, along with donations. Whatever donations were left over would be donated to the homeless shelter. The percids from the play will also be donated, tickets would be ten dollars online and twenty at the door. To get people to come to the play we need to advertise. In order to advertise my group decided we would use social media, hang up flyers, go on the news, send out emails, etc. This play would happen over two weeks Friday-Sunday to ensure the max about of revenue. In the end our projected outcome is to raise more money than our five thousand dollar budget. Also if five thousand dollars is not enough to help us produce our paly we would ask for donations. The donation could be money or anything people are willing to give us. For example if someone owned a costumes shop, we would take costumes as donations, if that person is willing to give it to us for free to spread awareness about our cause.

In the end after each group came up with their own ideas to combat their own problem we came together as one big group. Coming together as one big group was much easier because every group already had ideas of what to do. We came up with one day where there will be lots of events going on and three main plays. When coming up with what we wanted to do as one big group there was some conflict, but not a lot. When we did not agree as a team, we took a vote and the Marjory ruled, and that is how we solved conflict. It was also more fun to work with a bigger group because there is more personalities you get to experience and you get to talk to people you probably would not have if it was not for this project. We had tons of fun, but at times that got us in trouble because we were on a deadline from the Mayer, and only had a certain amount of hours to get certain things done. After we realized we needed to get down to business our ideas and plans came together quickly. When working in a group you have to remember to listen to others, even if you don’t agree with them. Because when you listen to others, you could actually hear an idea you like, and an idea that someone says can spark other ideas.

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Flint is a city that thrives on culture and art and keeping that importance around while cleaning up the community as a whole and restoring abandoned homes is what The Blight Projets’ goal is. The problem with Flint is that these abandoned homes,along with crime and poverty, have become a regular for the city and have brought the reputation of the beautiful city increasingly down. We plan to restore these homes, one at a time, by raising money for the cause and bringing in as many volunteers to help as we can.

We, The Blight Theatre Organization, have put much thought into the process of doing so. Our theatre organization, filled with artistic and talented kids from the community will put on weekly performances and donate all of the funds raised from ticket sales toward the restoration of local abandoned homes. During these performances there will be donation boxes available to those guests who wish to donate money or household items such as tools, building materials, painting materials, and planting materials. In order to reach more outwards of just the community of Flint, we plan to set up a Go-Fund Me donation page where anyone from anywhere can donate any amount of money they desire to help with our rebuilding of the homes. While money helps with buying materials, we also plan to reach out to local hardware stores such as Home Depot, Lowes, Menards and ACE for any donations of materials as well. To get the word out about our goals and plans and recruit volunteers, we will visit local churches, cafes, community meetings and community members on the street. To reach a larger number of people we also plan to contact local news stations to share our story with rest of the community.

Our program is incorporating the love of art, something all of Flint deeply values, to bring people together to restore the beautiful community, that once stood tall and proud, and is ready to rise up to that level once again. Someone else that wants the best for Flint, just like The Blight Theatre Organization, is the Mayor of Flint. With the generous donation of 2,500 dollars, we have a good running start to kick off our project right in the center of the heart of Flint. Many people want to help this community grow, strive and return back to the all-american family home filled place it once was.

Our projected outcome for our community is to make the residents of flint feel more comfortable with a more desirable atmosphere. With replenished and revamped homes, it will feel like a safer place to live and be apart of. Our program and project will launch in the Summer of 2019 and we plan to have complete success with resources and volunteers already piling in to help restore of beautiful community of Flint.

 

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According to the world health organization (WHO) violence is defined as “the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, which either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation”. Bullying is also a type of violence. Bullying is defined as “A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself” (Olweus bullying prevention programme, 2003-2015).  In bullying a person is harmed physically, sexual, psychologically or emotionally. This is aggressive behavior which involves negative and unwanted actions. Bullying is repeated behavior and involves imbalance of power.  Bullying is often carried out by young people. Bullying which includes physical and sexual assault, theft and racist taunts is against the law but is not reported as crimes

Main drivers of the school violence and bullying are disability, gender discrimination, poverty and social status, ethnic differences, physical appearance and sexual orientations. Bullying and violence not only occur at schools but may occur on some other places like on the way to school or home, at cyber places, home and community. This is growing problem of whole world including developing and developed countries like Europe, United States and America.

Violence and bullying in school systems is a serious matter for students, teachers, parents and school administration around the world. Rights of children and adolescents are being violated in schools in the name of bullying. Bullying has negative impact over academic, physical, emotional, sexual, psychological and mental life and health. This may have long lasting effects on victims. This may result in depression, anxiety and insecurity in life. Bullying not only affects individual lives but also affects the social life and societies resulting into anti-social and criminal behavior in adults. Impact of bullying at school may result in lower grades of students, drop out and absentees from school. This may impact mental and emotional health resulted in the form of stress, fear, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression and even suicide. All of these factors contribute towards anti-social behavior which will result in higher rates of crimes.

Urgent actions are required against violence and bullying at school. This is criminal act and should be reported to police. Actions at every level should be taken to stop this criminal act which has negative impact on individual and social level. Environment of the school and surroundings should be supported legally and administered legally. Effective policy against violence and bullying at schools should be made to condemn this act. There must be awareness campaigns for the society by the leaderships. Best monitoring and evaluation team should be developed to collect data and evaluate the status and prevention of this act. Bullying is not reported to the police so efficient and effective reporting systems must be introduced so that bullying must be reported and stopped at the right time.

Different countries had taken action against this crime and have developed laws and started campaigns like republic of Korea developed anti-social violence and bullying law to protect the human rights of students. Australia developed national safe school framework to combat bullying. Chile started peaceful coexistence campaign to promote harmony in schools. In Indonesia young people have team up with the government on anti-bullying social media campaign. Afghanistan started violence free school project to condemn the physical punishment, sexual abuse and gender discrimination. 

 

 

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Lina Abutalib

UNV100.24: Lets Go Arts

13, November 2018

Ecology of democracy

 

Problem:

Each group was assigned a community problem and had to come up with an art related program to address and minimize the problem. My group had to tackle on the problem of homelessness in Flint. To start off, each group had a five thousand dollar budget to start off their program. Our group wanted to create a program that was original but still art related. The art program we decided was a culinary art program that would eventually fund a shelter for the homeless community in the city of Flint that helps homeless individuals get jobs and get free education. Homelessness is very perdominent in Flint. I see at least ten to fifteen homeless individuals everyday in Flint. There are a couple homeless shelters around the area, but none that provide useful resources that can help an individual start a new journey or help their future. We don’t just want to give them a place to sleep and eat, but a place that will make them happy and help them rebuild their lives as well.

Program:

The program we developed is called a “Glorified Bake Sale.” This program will continuously fund for the homeless shelter. The bake sale will be the projected source of income. Baking and cooking is a form of art and can be used to bring people together. In addition to the homeless shelter, we will be teaching the homeless how to cook or prepare meals with this program. The program will target all ages and genders. The customers we want to cater too will be wealthy people and big events to have a higher turn out. The shelter will provide very vital resources such as: a place to sleep, food, medical assistance, clean clothes, showers, schooling, and daycare for adults with infants or children. Because Mott Community College and Baker Community College both have culinary schools, we would like to collaborate with them in creating this program. With this collaboration it will be easier to fund and have continued volunteers.

Process:

Like any program, the process is the most important part and it will take some time. The process is very long, but it is important that it is planned out well so the outcomes could fall into place. To begin, we need to have a good marketing strategy. In order to do that we need to market in places that hit our target group, which is the wealthy population around the area. The idea we came up with was setting up vendors at Great Lakes Crossing shopping center. That area is filled with upper middle class and wealthy individuals who we can attract. We would take about one thousand from our budget to set up one or two vendors around the mall. At this vendor we will have baked goods to hand out as samples. Not only would we be advertising our glorified bake sale, but we will also be asking for donations hoping to get some sponsors. This part of the process is predicted to take roughly twelve to sixteen months. While money and customers are being collected at the vendors, we will be using three thousand dollars from our budget to purchase baking and cooking goods to eventually use. As previously stated, this program will be with the Mott and Baker culinary arts schools. Because of this collaboration, we would be able to utilize the kitchens located on their campuses. Also, the individuals in the Mott and Baker culinary art school will be required to volunteer with our program as a part of their education so that we have guaranteed volunteers. We will also conduct monthly fundraisers and annual auctions that will attract more customers and raise more money. Along with the volunteers from Mott and Baker, we will be reaching out to local bakeries to see if they are willing to donate supplies or volunteers to our program.  The volunteers will be working in the kitchen and making well designed bakery goods and dishes to serve to our customers. We eventually want to reach out to well known celebrity chiefs to get funding and recognition for our program. A couple celebrities we hope to get in contact with are chief Gordon Ramsay, Martha Stewart, or Rachel Ray. These celebrities have a big platform and could eventually give the program a big name and become our sponsor. With the help of these big time chiefs we could make millions of dollars to fund Flint’s homelessness epidemic. This process could take years to become fully equipped and running smoothly. After all the money is collected we would rent out an open area with multiple stories to use as the shelter near the homeless sites in downtown Flint. It will be hard reaching out to homeless people, but we will do so by first providing free food on the streets near other homeless shelters. After setting up the shelter, we will provide the things the program was designed to provide. With all the money we will be able to afford healthcare, daycare, education, and other expenses that come with the program.

 

Projected Outcome:

As stated above, the outcome of this program will take time. It is planned to take about five years if not more for this program to be fully complete. It will take a lot of trial and error. The overall outcome that is desired is a decreasing rate of homelessness in the city of Flint. We plan on collecting data every year in order to see where we need to improve and what we need to add or eliminate. With these results we can create a visual of what the projected outcome will look like. Not only is it our goal to reduce homelessness, but it is to also give these people new skills. We want to see a difference in these people’s lives from when they first joined the program to when they are back on their feet. We want to change their overall quality of life so it is more positive. Eventually, we want this to become a nationwide program that operates in different cities across the country. First it is important to address our city and then apply the program to other cities. Overall, the projected outcome is to minimize the amount of homelessness in and around the area of flint, increase their skills, and increase their quality of life.

 

Overall, I learned a great deal of what it takes to plan out a program. There are a lot of factors that have to be considered, my group did not take into account many confounding variables when brainstorming this overall program. One factor that could get in the way is being able to maintain healthcare at the shelter. The government has become very strict with whom they provide healthcare to. It will be hard to find someone to provide healthcare services for a low wage. Another factor that was not considered was how we will be able to cater without a license. There is a license required for food vendors that needs to be done. A license along with a permit will also cost money. Another thing that should have been considered is finding a building that is in good shape around the city. If we cannot find a clean building that has plumbing, then we would have to invest a lot more money in renovations. There are a lot of factors that needed to be addressed when working on this project. I learned that it is much harder than I was expecting it to be.

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Paige Hajek

UNV: Let's Go Arts

Professor Jones

In Group 2 we were given the challenge of helping battered men and women. We were given originally $10,000 to start our campaign but that slowly deuterated to $5,000. Our first idea we decided to build a theatre and advertise to men and women around the community to come out and help. Any and all proceeds would go to shelters supporting domestic violence. We soon realized that we had several problems such as security, transportation, advertisement, and how we were going to get people to come. We agreed as a group we did not have to be like the others and form some type of art program. We decided to go global and use the biggest resource we had; the internet. We would create a website including signs of domestic abuse, ways to get help, what domestic violence is, aftermath, places in your area you can go for help, etc.  We decided to do flash mobs in public areas and use our members as the cast. These flash mods we would upload and create a YouTube channel for our cause; hoping they would go viral. We would not only perform our performances in our community but hopefully around the world. We decided to work with our other groups and let them post certain problems they are dealing with and resources for those problems. Also, on our website we would have a donate options and if those who wanted to help could. With our proceeds we would hope to one day open our own domestic violence shelter in our community and several others. We would also advertise our problem also using pamphlets. We would put these in college and high school bathrooms, doctors' offices, rehab centers, anywhere we could. We as a group decided using the internet was the most effective way to reach our goal because not many like to talk about domestic abuse. The first few weeks we struggled a lot when it came to how we were going to get victims to come to our theatre. Our idea was not very practical, but we soon realized we did not have to build something or provide a space for our cause at first. I believe in the beginning our group was not working very well together and were hesitant to give our opinions and ideas. We soon came together and came up with the idea to use technology and it was beneficial to not only use but all other groups. I learned that it does not hurt to speak out.  

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The problem our group has faced was racism in the community.

Our program is to bring the community together at an Art Museum. By renting out an art museum to bring people of all different cultures together, we were trying to form an event to let people know that we should all be treated the same. Our group discussed having fundraising to make this happen, but we are hoping that this event will go well so we could have another “night out” for the residents in the community. 

The process we are taking to form and get the community involved starts with the other groups, such as having theatres be involved with different people within the community. We are having different programs inside the art museum geared to all different age groups. This would include talking about art and racism. For this night to happen and be successful, we would have to fundraise and raise money for prices to make this event more eventful. The money that was given from the state was $2,500 which is not enough to use. To raise more money, we will fundraise by doing; silent auctions, raffle drawings, etc. This will only create extra money for us. To receive more money, we will have sponsors locally that will pay us to sponsor and have vendors that give us money for renting an area of the museum. The struggle was figuring out how to get the community there. We are relying on parents or busing to transport people to and from the museum. We were going to ask the MTA busing if they would allow us to rent or if they would sponsor the busses and drive people to and from the museum that night. That way the people that would need transportation by riding the busses will have bus stops around town and multiple busses running so that more people could be involved. If the MTA busses did not work out, then we were going to see if the local schools would allow us to rent out their busses or if they wanted to sponsor. Otherwise, parents would have to drive their own car to transport their family to this fun event. To get this event to be known to the town, advertising is key when it comes to community events. Flyers will be put in the local schools and businesses to announce to the community to bring each other together and be involved. Also passing out flyers to all the students that attend a local school district within the distance of the art museum will be helpful to announce to the community. The students would take home the flyer to allow parents to read over and be aware of the local event taken place in Flint.  We were also going to look into advertising on a bill board and doing a commercial to advertise this to everyone local. For this to be a safe event, we will have security guards to make sure the people attending feel safe. Having volunteers be security guards, will be useful and beneficial since we would not have to pay them, and they would have to have a background check done before continuing on with the job.

The projected outcome of this idea is the hope that children understand that everyone should be treated equally, and racism needs to end. By gathering and meeting new people this night will also allow people to meet new people and be interested in getting involved within the community.  Also, our idea was to educate children more about racism and the background about art and how it’s used daily in our everyday lives. We hope to give the community an idea to be involved and have them understand that the museum is safe place to gather and not have to constantly think about racism and what others believe. At the art museum, there will be nights dedicated to all the different cultures, so more people get involved within the community and have a “night out” to have fun. 

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The problem our group has faced was racism in the community.

Our program is to bring the community together at an Art Museum. By renting out an art museum to bring people of all different cultures together, we were trying to form an event to let people know that we should all be treated the same. Our group discussed having fundraising to make this happen, but we are hoping that this event will go well so we could have another “night out” for the residents in the community. 

The process we are taking to form and get the community involved starts with the other groups, such as having theatres be involved with different people within the community. We are having different programs inside the art museum geared to all different age groups. This would include talking about art and racism. For this night to happen and be successful, we would have to fundraise and raise money for prices to make this event more eventful. The money that was given from the state was $2,500 which is not enough to use. To raise more money, we will fundraise by doing; silent auctions, raffle drawings, etc. This will only create extra money for us. To receive more money, we will have sponsors locally that will pay us to sponsor and have vendors that give us money for renting an area of the museum. The struggle was figuring out how to get the community there. We are relying on parents or busing to transport people to and from the museum. We were going to ask the MTA busing if they would allow us to rent or if they would sponsor the busses and drive people to and from the museum that night. That way the people that would need transportation by riding the busses will have bus stops around town and multiple busses running so that more people could be involved. If the MTA busses did not work out, then we were going to see if the local schools would allow us to rent out their busses or if they wanted to sponsor. Otherwise, parents would have to drive their own car to transport their family to this fun event. To get this event to be known to the town, advertising is key when it comes to community events. Flyers will be put in the local schools and businesses to announce to the community to bring each other together and be involved. Also passing out flyers to all the students that attend a local school district within the distance of the art museum will be helpful to announce to the community. The students would take home the flyer to allow parents to read over and be aware of the local event taken place in Flint.  We were also going to look into advertising on a bill board and doing a commercial to advertise this to everyone local. For this to be a safe event, we will have security guards to make sure the people attending feel safe. Having volunteers be security guards, will be useful and beneficial since we would not have to pay them, and they would have to have a background check done before continuing on with the job.

The projected outcome of this idea is the hope that children understand that everyone should be treated equally, and racism needs to end. By gathering and meeting new people this night will also allow people to meet new people and be interested in getting involved within the community.  Also, our idea was to educate children more about racism and the background about art and how it’s used daily in our everyday lives. We hope to give the community an idea to be involved and have them understand that the museum is safe place to gather and not have to constantly think about racism and what others believe. At the art museum, there will be nights dedicated to all the different cultures, so more people get involved within the community and have a “night out” to have fun. 

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Aliyah Byron

UNV100: Let's Go Arts

Professor Kendrick Jones

The Problem our group was faced with is homelessness around the community.

Our Program is to repair the abandoned houses around the area and use them as facilities for the homeless to stay and rehabilitate them. Within the program we will art have therapy sessions and resume workshops to give them the resources to turn their life around. The pieces created during the art therapy sessions will be a source of income because we will sell them at local craft shows. Anyone in need and the want to better themselves is welcomed men, women, and their families.

Our Process is to first start by pairing with another program that is going to focus on rebuilding the abandoned homes around the area. We will be using the homes that they repair was the facilities to shelter the homeless. We will visit local Goodwills and Salvation Army's for furniture, bedding, clothing, and other household needed items. We will also accept donations from the community. Now I bet you are wondering on how we plan to run the bathrooms so they are being used efficiently. Since we will only have 2-3 bathrooms in each home we plans on having a signup sheet with times available that people can place their names on. One bathroom will not be in use for non showring but the other 2 or 1 will be showering bathrooms. After we have the homes repaired we plan on setting up fundraisers and can drives around the community for some income. We also hope to find sponsors that will support us on our journey. To get our word out we will post informational posters about our program around the community, especially around bus stops. We These will hopefully draw the people in need to us and draw the community to help us. We also hope to have bus stops near each facility and if need be petition to the city to have bus stops place near our facilities. For living arrangements we will have men and women in separate homes and also families in another home. We plan on having daily meetings for the people to attend, these meetings will consists of art therapy and different resume and skill building workshops. The art therapy will be the way we connect back to the community. We will sell the pieces created during the sessions at local craft shows and all the proceeds will go back into the facility. We also plan on partnering up with local churches and schools to do canned food drives as a source of food. We will also have community gardens in place that will be a huge source of the way we provide our food at a cheaper cost. To get the people in our facility back on their feet we will help them look for jobs. We will provide them with interview clothes, workshops to learn good interview skills, and resume building workshops. Since homelessness is a huge issue in our community we do accept everyone but have a turnaround time criteria. That criteria will be different based on the individual's situation.

Our Projected outcome is to obviously reduce the amount of homelessness in the community, but to also create productive citizens to society. This will then hopefully inspire to community to continue to help and create a chain reaction. We also hope that this will inspire other struggling homeless people to conuite to never give up hope and push forward everyday.

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Erica Dennis

UNV100: Let’s Go Arts

November 16, 2018

Ecology of Democracy

 

Problem:

In the class, each group was given a problem in the community. Our group was assigned children coming to school with bruises.

Program:

Our group decided to create an after school arts program that takes place in one school district. Our group has come to the conclusion that these children are most likely coming to school with bruises because they possibly live in an abusive household. The after school arts program would give the child experience With the school, we can reach out to sponsors, volunteers, and children to help out program.

Process:

We decided that in the school district, the children will receive a permission slip to take home and get signed so they may join the program.To help spread awareness, we would need to be centralized in one school district. We have decided to set up social media accounts that would allow parents and students to better understand out program, as well as allow people to donate. This program will happen once a week to cut down on transportation costs needed to send the children home after the event. The program is open to volunteers from the high school and middle school to oversee the children, and parents may come and sit in on the program if they wish. At least once a year, the children will perform one play for the public, and will be a way to earn extra money to fund each after school meeting. Each month there will be a specific theme that the children will make crafts, sing, dance...etc. the crafts and charms made are sold to homeless shelters or local art institutes for money.

Projected outcome:

The projected outcome of our program is a way for the bruised children to escape their abusive household, and learn to express themselves through different mediums of art. The program gives the children the chance to connect with teenagers at a higher level of schooling then themselves, and therefore creating an environment for the child to be most open and expressive.

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Erica Dennis

UNV100: Let’s Go Arts

November 16, 2018

Ecology of Democracy

 

Problem:

In the class, each group was given a problem in the community. Our group was assigned children coming to school with bruises.

Program:

Our group decided to create an after school arts program that takes place in one school district. Our group has come to the conclusion that these children are most likely coming to school with bruises because they possibly live in an abusive household. The after school arts program would give the child experience With the school, we can reach out to sponsors, volunteers, and children to help out program.

Process:

We decided that in the school district, the children will receive a permission slip to take home and get signed so they may join the program.To help spread awareness, we would need to be centralized in one school district. We have decided to set up social media accounts that would allow parents and students to better understand out program, as well as allow people to donate. This program will happen once a week to cut down on transportation costs needed to send the children home after the event. The program is open to volunteers from the high school and middle school to oversee the children, and parents may come and sit in on the program if they wish. At least once a year, the children will perform one play for the public, and will be a way to earn extra money to fund each after school meeting. Each month there will be a specific theme that the children will make crafts, sing, dance...etc. the crafts and charms made are sold to homeless shelters or local art institutes for money.

Projected outcome:

The projected outcome of our program is a way for the bruised children to escape their abusive household, and learn to express themselves through different mediums of art. The program gives the children the chance to connect with teenagers at a higher level of schooling then themselves, and therefore creating an environment for the child to be most open and expressive.

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Shelby Shovein

Let’s Go Arts

17 November 2018

Ecology of Democracy

 

Problem: Our group’s problem to solve was racism in the community.

 

Program: We decided to create an art museum complete with community and student galleries, a theater for performance use and various activity rooms. Through this, we hope to create a safe and creative space for community members of all ages to learn about love, respect and unity.

 

Process: Our group’s process to reduce racism begins with gaining involvement. To do this, we have decided to join forces with other groups such as theaters to draw in community members. We also plan to tailor our programs to various age groups in order to better educate and interest members of all ages. Within these groups, individuals will participate in open discussions about race and racism as they view and dissect art of cultures different from their own. As another act of engagement, we will organize fundraising nights where the community will come together to support the museum as well as win prizes. We plan to fund our program beginning with our $2,500 grant and then building upon that through local donations, fundraising (silent auctions, raffles, etc.), and sponsors for our galleries. In order to physically get community members to our museum, we plan to rely on parents and/or bussing. We’re open to the possibilities of renting MTA busses or even utilizing rented busses from sponsors or other groups. For advertising, we plan to hand out flyers to local schools and businesses in order to get the word out. If we are able, we would even like to contact local arts students to design commercials or additional advertisements for us in exchange for promoting their work. Lastly, we plan to keep our space and community members safe by having volunteered security guards, which would have been through background checks and training, as well as a night dedicated to local enforcement in the area.

 

Projected outcome: In the creation/execution of our program, we hope to spark conversation about race and acceptance through educated discussions about the cultural art we curate. In creating groups we hope to bring together diverse groups of people and give them a space to connect over the arts. Our goal is to bring together a community divided by racism and give them skills to connect over and utilize in order to create a more unified community.

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Scott Metzger

Let’s Go Arts

17 November 2018

Ecology of Democracy

 

Problem: The problem our group was tasked with solving is that of racism. Since the beginning of the United States, our country has been burdened with the problem of racism. Granted laws and amendments have been passed in order to counteract this problem, but it still lingers. The main problem is within the communities themselves. We need to find a way to fight racism on a community level first if we are going to attempt to fight in on a national or even international scale.

 

Program: The best idea our group could come up with is that of an art museum. We would have galleries for different ethnic groups and peoples. We would include a theatre group so schools or other performances could use our facilities. Finally, we would bring in a children’s program so they could learn about art, and more importantly, learn to love everyone.

 

Process: The first thing our group focused on was the involvement of the community. We decided to team up with the other groups in order to have our facilities actually used. We also decided to have different age groups participate in different activities within the museum. Within these groups, the people would participate in lectures about racism, view art from different ethnicities, and create some of their own art. To compensate for all these events, we are going to need money. One of our first ideas was to hold fundraising through raffles so people would come to support our museum and win prizes while doing so. Our grant from the city of $2500 would be helpful in starting our events. In order to gather more money, we would hold raffles as said before, potentially get local businesses to sponsor certain galleries, and hold silent auctions. The next problem would be actually getting the community to our museum. We would mostly rely on parents, and if not them, then rented buses for transportation. In order to spread the word about our museum, we would mainly focus on making flyers for high schools, but also reach out to the art students in those schools in order to make some advertisements for us in exchange for promotion of their art, or prizes. Finally, in order to maintain a peaceful, safe setting, we would enlist security via volunteers who would go through training and background checks. In order to thank those volunteers, we would hold specific nights for law enforcement.

 

Projected Outcome: With the creation of an art museum and community nights, we hope to start conversations around the community about the problem of racism. By tailoring our museum in a way that brings together different groups, we hope that the community will start seeing everybody as unique, in a good way. We also hope by creating a children’s program we will be able to reach the children before that they are taught that one race is superior to another. Our ultimate goal is to create a more unified community in which people learn to love each other instead of hate.

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Kaitlyn Bowie

UNV 100:Let’s Go Arts

November 17, 2018

Ecology of Democracy

 
Problem: Each art program is given a problem to solve. The problem my group was given is racism in the city of Flint.

 
Program: The art program my group chose to create is an art museum, similar to the Flint Institute of Art. In this program we would bring the community together by art, whether it be physical pieces, musicality, poetry, or acting. This outlet would involve many different cultures to have representation in our community to express their feelings about this issue.

 
Process: We were given a starting grant value at 2500 dollars to make a difference in our community. With this we plan to have community nights to bring people from different backgrounds together. Our hope is for this to shed light on different issues and come to an understanding as a community that we should be united. Within the nights we will have different nights specialized for different age groups because issues of racism are not the same within generations.  This will help break the stigma about racial issues among younger and older generations . We also plan to do different raffles and giveaways for people to win gift cards and other types of prizes. Hopefully, these incentives will increase our turnout. Our group has plans to partner with local transportation sites such as the MTA and school busses help us bring people to these important events. We also have fundraisers planned to increase our own personal funds so we can do more for the community. These fundraisers include silent auctions, renting out space for new artist, and donations in general. Along with fundraising, we plan to advertise through local school districts, churches, business, and billboards if our funds allow. Through this variety of advertising we hope to each multiple groups of individuals across the city. In addition to advertising, we will have volunteers police officers and additional security to make sure our event is completely safe. We wouldn’t want the community to be harmed in any way while making efforts to bring us together. We want our community members to feel in a safe space to think freely and express thoughts on this topic. We want to make change in the safest way possible. Individuals that choose to volunteer will go through thorough background checks to make sure we have the best people working our events.

 

Projected outcome: We hope that these community nights surrounded by art with spark a change within our community. We want to reduce tension by allowing a safe space for individuals to express themselves and how they feel about this issue in a positive manner. We want to unite our community through our differences. We want to embrace the diversity in our community to bring to light what makes each and every one of us unique and special individuals. We want to break the stigma that has been established and tear down the barriers that divide us. By using art, whether it be musicality, creative pieces, and poetry we will accomplish this goal.

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Breeann Zarzycki
Let’s Go Arts
17 November 2018
Ecology of Democracy

Problem: The problem that my group was faced with is the problem of homelessness. We needed to find a way to help the people that didn’t have homes and were living on the street.

Program: We wanted to create a program where we would give the people we bring in art supplies, and when they create art, we can have an auction where we sell the pieces and the money that would go to the person that created it. This would give them a start to get on their feet. We would also like to have an interview workshop, where businesses professionals would come in and teach the residents how to conduct themselves in a business interview and professional setting. Following these workshops, we could invite businesses that are hiring to come and interview the residents. 

Process: We thought of taking an abandoned house, and having different floors for men, women, and families. Working with the group who had blight helped to provide the abandoned houses. Advertisement is a huge part of our process. We were going to advertise at the bus stops so that the citizens with nowhere to go could make their way to us. If we gathered enough people, eventually we could expand to more buildings. We also wanted to work with local partners and have canned food drives, and somewhere to donate old clothes. Additionally, we wanted to bring in a mental health professional who could provide counseling to the homeless people that may have addictions. Finally, for our process we wanted to arrange to have sponsorships to get some free products such as toiletries or other necessities. We would like to accept everyone but felt we would need a turnaround time, so we could help as many people as possible. 

Projected Outcomes: Hopefully with our process and program, we would have projected outcomes of a reduced rate of homelessness and an inspired community who helps us. We also would like the individuals we bring in to end up with a job, which would result in them supporting themselves, and eventually being able to find a living space.
 

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Cherish Dean

I was a part of group #3 and we were tasked with solving the problem of homelessness in our community through use of the arts. Our main idea was to create a shelter and incorporate the arts through art therapy and various art programs such as classes where individuals could craft things and then sell them to earn money; we also proposed the idea of creating outdoor art installations that could double as shelter. Our process in order to make this idea a reality was to advertise near bus stops, in newspapers, through local news, and really just wherever we could. We were initially given $5000, which was then halved to $2500 so we worked with other group’s organizations in order to make up for lost funding and increase the effort put forth to helping our communities. Another group that was focused on fixing blight gave some of their houses to help us get started and in return we helped them with volunteers at their community gardens. Additionally, we suggested the idea of can drives and partnering with local food pantries and restaurants to supplement our food stores at the shelter. Regarding the shelter, we planned to either acquire multiple houses and split them according to men, women, and families. We would also include a turnaround time since it is also part of our intent to help people get back on their feet and be able to hold down a job and have a place of their own to live; in order to enact this, we planned to establish set milestones and that if someone failed to make progress, allow them the chance to make an appeal or to find a different shelter for them. Our projected outcomes would be to lower the rate of and eventually help eliminate homelessness in our community by helping the homeless turn around their lives and be able to work and live life with a place of their own. In the meantime, we also hoped to remind everyone of the importance of the arts in our lives and inspire them to help out in their communities.

Regarding my experience with this assignment, I can say I certainly found it to be interesting and unconventional. From day one, it was emphasized that in our lives, it is very possible we will find ourselves in positions where we are expected to solve a problem that we know very little about. Every time we had a deadline for this project, I worried that there was something we’d forgotten, some part of our plan that would get holes poked in it, some detail that had slipped our minds. We were all incredibly unsure in the beginning and had no idea where to start but in the end, the groups were all able to come together and work towards a unified goal which was a very nice and positive end to things. It certainly encouraged some sympathy on my end towards people who manage or try to start programs like we discussed in class.

 

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Logan Smith

November 18, 2018

Problem: The problem my group faced was homelessness

Process: To begin our process, we will ask for sponsorships from those around the community. With the money we will secure abandoned houses as places for shelter and food along with many other things. We then will begin advertising near bus stops across town and in the local newspaper. If we are unable to get it on enough bus stops, we will petition the government to put more in. As far as the houses go, we will start by splitting them up into separate floors for men women and families. In hopes that we are successful we will then later expand into more buildings. Partnering with local food pantries along with can drives is where our main source of food with come from. We will also have community gardens where members will be able to grow food to eat fresh. Initially for bathrooms we will have a sign-up sheet to later have a communal bathroom. For those people struggling mentally and emotionally we will provide mental health professionals and counselors. Artistic installations will be outside of shelters as well as art classes.

Program: Coming into the houses we will accept every member but expect them to have a turnaround time with milestones along the way they will need to hit. If they are unsuccessful in said period of time, we will allow them to argue or petition for more time. Creating a program where working with different kinds of art and selling pieces as a means for making money will be present. It will almost be an art therapy session beginning with cheap art supplies. We will also have resume building workshops and interview improving workshops to prepare people for getting a job to become established on their own. We will provide professional clothing provided by donations from others. 

Projected Outcome: As a whole we hope to inspire the community to help and be able to provide shelter and comfort for the less fortunate that are homeless. We also anticipate getting others established on their own that come into the program.

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Megan Flick

Lets Go Arts 

17 November 2018

Ecology of Democracy 

Problem: The problem that our group was faced with is homelessness in and around the community.

Program: We wanted to create some type of program that would repair the abanded houses around in the area while incorporating the arts. Creating art programs within the abandon houses would allow for the homelessness people to have therapy sessions with art, and creating art. We would then sell the art to make a profit for the person who made the art. We would also like to create an interview workshop, where people can donate their old clothes and hold shops to allow people to create resumes. 

Process: Our first step for our program is to work with the other groups to bring the community together. We plan to work with one of the groups that are focusing on abandoned houses. We plan to use the abandoned houses that are going to be remodeled and cleaned up. We will be going to the local thrift shops to buy furniture, bedding, clothing and anything else that the people may need. We will be taking donations, and holding different types of donation drives at the local schools to collect the basic needs and art supplies that we will need. The houses will have different floors separating the men, women, and families. We would like to keep the families together and sperate the people that need to be separated. We plan to have bathroom schedules where you can sign up to take showers at a certain time so the bathroom doesn't get crazy. Once the houses are in living shape with people living in them we plan to work with bigger companies and get sponsors to sponsor our homes. The donations and drives will be a huge help to bring different items in that we will need for the people. We will also have community gardens that will be a big source of our fresh food. We plan to build bus stops near the homes to make easy and quick transportation for all of the people that get back on their feet and are working or trying to get a job. Our interview shops will allow the people to prepare for a job and help them get back on their feet. We want the people to get back on their feet, so once they are on their feet and doing better we don't want to kick them out but we want to make sure they have goals. So we will make sure everyone has set goals and by a certain time they should have certain things accomplished, and if not we are always willing to help, anyone and everyone that needs it. 

Projected Outcomes:  With our process and program we hope to reduce the number of homeless people in the community, and hope to get them on their feet. We want to bring awareness to the community and inspire others to help people that need it. We also hope that the other homeless know that there are other people out there like them seeking help, and there could be help right around the corner, and to never give up.

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Kaelan Higgins

Let’s Go Arts

November 17, 2018

Ecology of Democracy

               As an art museum, my group attempted to tackle the rampant racism problem in our community. This main problem also brought into question a lot of other issues that could arise when bringing together a large group of people. We knew that it would be challenging to figure out a solution that people of all races, and personalities, would be willing to attend. People that held racist beliefs wouldn’t volunteer themselves to spend time with those exact people that they were prejudiced against. On the other side, those being discriminated against may not want to put themselves in a position where they may not be treated as equals. Another complication we felt might arise was that if the problem of racism was addressed directly, those who were the cause of the discrimination would not be open to listening about how they were wrong. When developing our solution, these were all issues that we took into account and did our best to find a way around.

               At our institution, there would be many programs offered that would combat racism as well as many other issues in the community. Our programs would provide a safe space for people of all ages and races to gather and learn about their community through art.

               The first step in our process was to host a grand opening as an introduction to the museum and its programs as well as a way to earn money through fundraising, raffles, an art auctions. After this, we would have enough money to provide classes for all different age groups and get art into the museum. We would rely on the local bussing system to reach people, who could not drive themselves, to the center but in the future, it may be possible to get our own buses or rent buses to get people to us. As far as advertising goes, we would talk to local news stations about who we are and our goals and hope they are willing to provide us with free advertising. To keep the peace, we plan on hiring security guards to be at all events. The plan to solve the problems I discussed, in the beginning, is to discuss things through art. We would not announce that our goal was to end racism, but a lot of our art and programs would be about equality and acceptance.

               In the end, our projected outcome is a more educated, accepting community, with kids that learned about equality from a young age and go out to make a difference in their community.

               This project relates to chapter 6 of the Ecology of Democracy because it showed how hard it is to get a group of people together to solve a problem. There’s not a straightforward answer to any problem, and not everyone agrees on what the solution should be. The whole project showed me, like discussed in chapter 6, how important it is to find a common value among a group. Once we discovered that we all wanted a loving, equal community and that we all had similar values and were working towards the same goal, we got things done a lot more smoothly.

              

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Kaelan Higgins

Let’s Go Arts

November 17, 2018

Ecology of Democracy

               As an art museum, my group attempted to tackle the rampant racism problem in our community. This main problem also brought into question a lot of other issues that could arise when bringing together a large group of people. We knew that it would be challenging to figure out a solution that people of all races, and personalities, would be willing to attend. People that held racist beliefs wouldn’t volunteer themselves to spend time with those exact people that they were prejudiced against. On the other side, those being discriminated against may not want to put themselves in a position where they may not be treated as equals. Another complication we felt might arise was that if the problem of racism was addressed directly, those who were the cause of the discrimination would not be open to listening about how they were wrong. When developing our solution, these were all issues that we took into account and did our best to find a way around.

               At our institution, there would be many programs offered that would combat racism as well as many other issues in the community. Our programs would provide a safe space for people of all ages and races to gather and learn about their community through art.

               The first step in our process was to host a grand opening as an introduction to the museum and its programs as well as a way to earn money through fundraising, raffles, an art auctions. After this, we would have enough money to provide classes for all different age groups and get art into the museum. We would rely on the local bussing system to reach people, who could not drive themselves, to the center but in the future, it may be possible to get our own buses or rent buses to get people to us. As far as advertising goes, we would talk to local news stations about who we are and our goals and hope they are willing to provide us with free advertising. To keep the peace, we plan on hiring security guards to be at all events. The plan to solve the problems I discussed, in the beginning, is to discuss things through art. We would not announce that our goal was to end racism, but a lot of our art and programs would be about equality and acceptance.

               In the end, our projected outcome is a more educated, accepting community, with kids that learned about equality from a young age and go out to make a difference in their community.

               This project relates to chapter 6 of the Ecology of Democracy because it showed how hard it is to get a group of people together to solve a problem. There’s not a straightforward answer to any problem, and not everyone agrees on what the solution should be. The whole project showed me, like discussed in chapter 6, how important it is to find a common value among a group. Once we discovered that we all wanted a loving, equal community and that we all had similar values and were working towards the same goal, we got things done a lot more smoothly.

              

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Maggie Niezur

UNV 100: Let’s Go Arts

November 18, 2018

Ecology of Democracy

 

Problem:

 

Our group was asked to think of helpful solutions, or maybe just helpful, things to do for children who have bruises or show signs of abuse. These defenseless kids are at-risk of becoming worse off than just bruised.

 

Programs:

 

Centered at one particular school district, my group would like to see an art program for after school. These children at-risk can benefit with learning and experiencing a wide variety of arts. Along with the volunteers, the kids will be offered different ways to enjoy and create art. A yearly play will be spotlighted as a routine to be counted on and anticipated. Music is so very important to boost spirits, and will always be part of the program.

 

Process:

 

Deciding to base this program at a central district is a great way to make it easy for kids to get to and be less confusing for pick ups of children. It is also reassuring to kids to have a routine… less change, less stress. The decision to have a set day and time is also a good routine. The theme (or art form) will change monthly; that way many varieties can be experienced and the children will have a good amount of time to grasp their ability and desire of these different mediums. Gaining volunteers to work, acquiring permission slips, and setting up the area of learning are on the agenda.

 

Projected Outcome:

 

When all is in place, the children can count on a fun learning, character building, and mentally beneficial outlet. The kids will be away from harm and enjoying art with other kids just like them. A life long love can build in their hearts for dance, or music, or even finger painting. Anypositive the children gain from this program will make the work worthwhile.