Akron City Repair

The The Big Love Network‘s latest project, Akron City Repair , is in motion!

In case you haven’t heard, Akron City Repair

  • facilitates creative placemaking through projects that empower local residents to create spaces that honor the interconnection of human communities and the natural world.
  • provides support, resources, and opportunities to help diverse communities reclaim the culture, power, and joy that we all deserve.
  • hosts facilitator and community trainings in leadership development, natural building, resource management, and participatory neighbor-led design principles. 

Akron City Repair culminates in a four day, city-wide placemaking festival on September 16 – 19. This event will consist of people implementing their co-created, neighbor-led designs at four sites around Akron! Locations include Cascade Valley (North & Howard), West Hill (Crosby & Oakdale), Middlebury, and Summit Lake (Edison & Long).

Each evening of the installation will end with a community gathering called Love On Akron (a Village Building Experience!) complete with panel discussion, workshops, food, networking, music, and healing modalities at The Well CDC located at 647 E. Market Street, Akron, OH 44304! More details below!

If you are interested in volunteering during the installations or at Love On Akron, please fill out this form to sign up. https://goo.gl/forms/AO9fyBMct3Cau1MB3

Questions on volunteering (or anything else!) can be directed to bigloveakron@gmail.com!

Love On Schedule: 

Friday, September 16 (6-10 pm): The Re-Identification of the Rubber City
6 – 7: Networking & Dinner (Ms. Julie’s Kitchen & Compass Coffee)
7 – 8: The Re-Identification of the Rubber City Panel Discussion with James Hardy (moderator), Jason Segedy, Michael Marras, David Giffels, Tony Troppe, Ameer Williamson, Jennifer Toles, Ian Patrick Schwarber,Brad Savage, Kara Ulmer, and Kristoffer “KC” Carter
8 – 8:15: Yoga/Meditation with Kristoffer “KC” Carter (This Epic Life)
8:30 – 9:30: Building Our Own Myths and Legends Workshop with Blue Green
8:30 – 10: Zach & The Bright Lights – Soul & Inspiring Indie Folk Rock
8:30 – 10: Donation-based Healing Modalities with Shay Somerville-Shropshire & Ashley Suzelis

Saturday, September 17 (6 pm – midnight): The Caring Economy
6 – 7: Networking & Dinner (Ms. Julie’s Kitchen & Compass Coffee)
7 – 8: The Caring Economy Panel Discussion with Nancy Lynn Holland (moderator), Greta A. Lax, Julie Costell, Beth Knorr, Ace Epps, Kyle Julien, Zac Kohl
8 – 8:15: Yoga/Meditation with Nancy Lynn Holland (Akron’s Blue Hen Yoga, Free Akron Yoga)
8:30 – 9:45: DJ Chaka – Spinning Reggae, Hip-hop, Afro-beat
8:30 – 9:30: The Way of Permaculture with Steve Larson & Brandon Myers
8:30 – 10: Donation-based Healing Modalities with Jeffrey Zayda (Massage & Healing Arts)
10 – 11:30: DJ Kevin Richards – Hip Hop, Indie, & Soul

Sunday, September 18 (6 – 10 pm): Ecosystems of Problem Solving: Peacebuilding
6 – 7: Networking & Dinner (The Square Scullery &Compass Coffee)
7 – 8: The Ecosystem of Problem Solving: A Peace Building Discussion Panel with Zach Freidhof (moderator), Darrita Davis, Larry Terkel, Kyle Jozsa, Bronlynn Thurman, Swami Sankarananda, Dr. Bill Lyons, Duane Crabbs
8 – 8:15: Yoga/Meditation with Larry Terkel (Spiritual Life Society & Yoga Center of Hudson)
8:30 – 9:30: Effective Methods for Change: Peacebuilding in our Time with Swami Sankarananda
8:30 – 10: Donation-based Healing Modalities with Amanda Baluch
8:30 – 10: Acid Cats

• Monday, September 19 (6 – 10 pm): Akron City Repair Process & Next Steps
6 – 7: Networking & Dinner (The Square Scullery & Compass Coffee)
7 – 8: Akron City Repair Process & Next Steps: A Conversation with the Facilitators with John Valle, Beth Vild, David Swirsky, Zach Freidhof, and others
8 – 8:15: Shaolin Kung Fu with Travis Young Tiger Lee (The House of Kung Fu)
8:30 – 9:30: Tactical Urbanism with Marissa Blewitt
8:30 – 10: Donation-based Healing Modalities with  Amanda Baluch & Shay Somerville-Shropshire
8:30 – 10: Gretchen Pleuss

 

 

 

Akron City Repair

The Big Love Network Presents “Akron City Repair”
Inaugural Neighborhood Placemaking Projects
May – August, 2016

Akron City Repair facilitates creative placemaking through projects that empower local residents to recreate the public commons within their neighborhoods; connecting people to each other and their environment. Akron City Repair provides support, resources, and opportunities to help diverse communities reclaim the culture, power, and joy that we all deserve. Akron City Repair will host facilitator and community trainings in leadership development, natural building, resource management, and participatory and neighbor-led design principles. The program culminates in a four day, city-wide placemaking festival in August. This event will consist of people implementing their designs throughout the city and then communing at night with discussion panels, food and celebration.

The applications for sites to be considered for this project are released to the public and will be due May 18th. People who have a space in their neighborhood they’d like to reclaim, revamp, or reimagine are encouraged to fill out the application. This first year, a limited number of sites will be chosen, but that number is expected to grow each year.

The applications are available online here- Site Application

Highlights:

May 18th: Site Applications Are Due.

May 30th: Sites Announced

June 15th – August 12th: 8 Weekly Neighborhood Cultivation Sessions

August 12th -14th: City Repair Action Weekend – The weekend when the site designs will be implemented by the neighborhoods and volunteers from across the city. There will be a nightly gathering featuring workshops, panels, food, music, and community.

Email bigloveakron@gmail.com or message on Facebook to get involved, volunteer, or sponsor. Donations to Akron City Repair are tax-deductible, with their fiscal agent Global Ties Akron.

 

Contact:

Beth Vild – Project Manager

ph.330.827.0457
bigloveakron@gmail.com
http://www.bigloveakron.wordpress.com
http://www.facebook.com/akroncityrepair

Schedules are here!

Alright, folks here they are! Feel free to download them and print them out if you’d like! We will have them hung around the festival in highly visible areas.

 

Main Stage/3rd Floor

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Community Stage/2nd Floor

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Help us reach our fundraising goal!

Click here to view our Crowdfunding page

*All donations are tax-deductible through our fiscal agent, Global Ties Akron*

We come to you to ask your support in our experience and cause. With even a modest donation of $100, a musician or artist can be sponsored. If we can raise only a few thousand dollars, we can provide all the materials for the artists to turn our new venue, the Summit Art Space into a new and creatively empowering environment for the day! Plus, we can purchase the compostable utensils and plates needed to keep our mission of zero waste attainable. We also have other levels at $250 (Big Love), $1000 (Bigger Love) and a “Biggest Love” Sponsor at $2500 and are open to other sponsorship terms, like sponsoring a stage or a room, etc. Each sponsor above $100 will be added to all printed and online materials, and will be thanked often throughout the event. $100 sponsors will be mentioned and linked to online, as well as thanked at the event.

Sponsors & Partners

Check out some of our primary sponsors and partners. This list is still growing as we continue to build more bridges!

Sponsors

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Partners

 

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City Repair Presentation

This is a dream come true for us! We are excited to bring Portland’s City Repair Founder, Mark Lakeman, and his collegue Kirk Rea, to Akron for a very special GAINS – Greater Akron Innovation Network for Sustainability meeting, hosted by Big Love Fest, this March.

Mark Lakeman is a pioneer in the reclamation and development of regenerative public places. In the last decade he has directed, facilitated, or inspired designs for more than three hundred neighborhood-led designs in public places in Portland, Oregon alone. Through his leadership in Communitecture, Inc., and its various affiliates such as the The City Repair Project, The Village Building Convergence, and the Planet Repair Institute, he has also been instrumental in the development of dozens of participatory organizations and urban permaculture design projects across the United States and Canada. Mark works with governmental leaders, community organizations, and educational institutions in many diverse communities.

Kirk Rea specializes in social equity and placemaking. Kirk works in allyship with other marginalized peoples using his visual art, community building, and permacuture background to engage in activism and advocacy. Volunteering with City Repair since 2011, Kirk also works as a affordable housing advocate and garden educator with the Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI).

This is all made possible through a grant from 8 80 Citieshttps://www.facebook.com/8-80-Cities-181713948536869/?fref=ts
http://880cities.org/

Please sign up on Eventbrite so we know how many people to expect! It only takes a minute!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/urban-design-and-placemaking-with-mark-lakeman-of-city-repair-tickets-21473286177

Looking for Sponsors

Hello fellow supporter of our community,

Building community is at the heart of our mission. To us, that means growing a sustainable way to live, thrive, and support each other in our goals and dreams. The arts can play a vital role in this process.

Big Love is an experience begun in February 2014, in which each year over 20 musicians, over 25 visual artists, many yogis, poets, food vendors, an elementary school, university students, community members, and many workshop-giving organizations come together to co-create a sustainable example of collaboration, zero waste, community, healing, and true Love in and with Akron. Spanning all three floors of the Musica complex and over 12 hours of programming, the last event brought more than 2,000 people through the doors! All this, and less than one bag of trash! It was a powerful example of what can be done when the community works together to inspire, support, and educate itself. The event is free to the public, though it asks for a donation if one is able to give. Based on that funding, we were able to pay a very modest token of gratitude to all the musicians and artists involved.  

This year, we look to expand the possibilities of what Big Love can be. We have already secured a generous gift of $5,000 from Knight foundation and are talking to other funders as well. We are extremely excited and humbled that our community believes in the team we have built and the network that we are growing.

We come to you to ask your support in our experience and cause. With even a modest donation of $100, a musician or artist can be sponsored. If we can raise only a few thousand dollars, we can provide all the materials for the artists to turn our new venue, the Summit Art Space into a new and creatively empowering environment for the day! Plus, we can purchase the compostable utensils and plates needed to keep our mission of zero waste attainable. We also have other levels at $250 (Bronze), $1000 (Silver) and a Gold Sponsor at $2500 and are open to other sponsorship terms, like sponsoring a stage or a room, etc. Each sponsor above $100 will be added to all printed and online materials, and will be thanked often throughout the event. $100 sponsors will be mentioned and linked to online, as well as thanked at the event.

This project is organized by the Akron Peace Project, HEALS, and the League of Creative Interventionists to name a few. Global Ties Akron is our fiscal sponsor, so your donations are tax deductible. Taking place on Saturday March 12th, this is integral to our time and the time of the year this experience takes place, winter – a time when inspiration and collaboration typically runs at its lowest point.

Thank you for your time, energies, and efforts in building a more compassionate, engaging, creative community. We look forward to discussing this with you before February 14th.

Namaste. Big Love. Contact “bigloveakron@gmail.com”