Placemaking Week 2019
Activating Spaces | Placemaking | Community Conversations
Working with community partners, KCCI organized an engaging two weeks of hands-on community building and improvement events, tours, and networking events, all designed to enhance sense of place in Tallahassee. The events were FREE to the public.
Rise up in Color on was held on Monday, Sept. 23 in the Betton area.
Attendees commented they could feel the positive energy at the Rise Up in Color event; where everyone came together and engaged in a placemaking activity that left a unique impact on a local area. It was an exciting, fun-filled event between the painting, the live drum circle music, cocktails by Bar at Betton and overall camaraderie. Attendees ranged in age from children to college students, working professionals and retirees. Read more and see pictures from the event, here.
Murals | Painting | Live Music | Camaraderie | Beautification
Downtown Expedition was held Tuesday, Sept. 24 in Cascades Park downtown.
It was a beautiful day for a “picnic” in the park, hosted by the Edison with Downtown’s witty and insightful Elizabeth Emmanuel and Allen Thompson leading the group in a short walking tour of downtown that was filled with interesting trivia. The group passed a handful of KCCI’s past projects including Discovery at Cascades Park, the Waterworks Building, Gaines Street and the TLH letters.
Walking Tour | Future Plans | Park Picnic
KCCI’s Showcase and 2020 Project Reveal was held on Thursday, Sept. 26 at Rootstock.
It was a packed house at KCCI in downtown’s newest restaurant, Rootstock, as KCCI showcased their current Red Hill Rhythm project and announced the 2020 project. The room was buzzing with ideas and excitement for both projects. Read more about the KCCI showcase here.
Project Reveal | Dialogue | Community Planning
Goodwood’s Got Game
People from all walks of life and backgrounds found their inner child as they stopped to play with Goodwood’s lifesize traveling Checkers Set as it traveled around the community during Placemaking Week. From surprise pop ups at City Hall, to the Downtown Farmer’s Market, College Town and Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare’s lobby the set was a hit and engaged all ages. To read more about the Checker’s set and how they activate spaces, click here.
Activating Spaces | Public Events | Free to Public
One of the public art projects was designed and painted by Maclay School art students under the leadership of art teacher Kyle Maurey. Stop by the parking lot and take your picture with this interactive mural that represents some of Tallahassee’s offerings – and you won’t even realize that this beautiful mural is dressing up a wall that hides trashcans. Read more here.
Location: The parking lot at Manor @ Midtown, near 1222 Thomasville Road.
Beautification | Painting | Community Involvement | Activation | Outdoor Art
Midtown Paint-athon was held on Saturday, Sept. 28.
From 4 year olds to 75 year olds volunteers of all ages came out to brighten up Midtown and the parking lot experience by painting the mailboxes in the area. This simple participatory public art project turned into a parking lot party and bridged divides while introducing participants to new friends and connections. They built a brighter Midtown, one bucket of paint at a time. Read more here.
Beautification | Painting | Conversations | Activation
Village Square’s Dinner & Conversation was held on Tuesday, Oct. 1.
The Village Square’s “Year of Living Locally” celebrates “Local Patriotism: Loving your country by loving your city.” It was a packed room at St. Johns church.
Community Event | Conversations | Planning
New Community Space
Everyone was encouraged to stop by anytime to enjoy the area’s newest community space created by Blueprint at the corner of Meridian Road & Orange Avenue. What was once a dirt lot is now a multi-use, beautiful public space.
Community Involvement| Activation | Urban Planning
Little Library at Sabal Palm Elementary was dedicated on Tuesday, Oct. 8
Students from Holy Comforter Episcopal School built a little library for the community near Sabal Palm Elementary School . Thank you to Clarissa Dunlap and Holy Comforter’s woodworking class and National Junior Honor Society officers for bringing the free library exchange into reality. This little library will inspire learning for years to come.
Activation | Community Dialogue | Beautification
If you would like to be involved with Placemaking Week 2020, please contact KCCI’s Executive Director Betsy Couch.