Eleanor, Tania, and Jode — this month’s Awesome grant recipients!
This past month, we Toronto Trustees decided that the submissions we received were *awesome* enough to warrant giving out TWO grants, rather than our usual one.
We’re proud to announce $1,000 contributions to both Jour Vert (a blitz of community gardening and greening in our city’s Rexdale district on June 11th), AND Walkable Planets (an installation of scale-model informational plaques about our solar system in Toronto’s hydro corridor, and the path leading to the Ontario Science Centre)!
Congratulations to Eleanor and Tania from Jour Vert, and Jode from Walkable Planets!
If YOU have an awesome idea that needs $1,000 to get off the ground, please send us your submissions through the easy-to-use Awesome Foundation website: http://www.awesomefoundation.org/en/submissions/new
We Asked Nikki, the creator of the project, to tell us a little bit more about it. Be sure to look out for the awesome community event in Trinity Bellowoods Park this July.
1. Tell us about your project? Our project is called the Patchwork Picnic. Last year, local artist Matthew Del Degan started a project he called the LoveBot Invasion. He was struck by how little people in the city talked to or connected with each other. In a city where so many people lived, it seemed crazy that loneliness was such a problem. He created an army of small concrete robots to show how we are all robots living in a concrete jungle. His project was a great hit. The message of love and kindness was one that seemed to really resonate with the people of Toronto. My blog, Greenmoxie, is a holistic look at how people living in urban environments can lead healthier, greener, happier lives. We share healthy recipes, was to be green and random acts of kindness where we encourage people to reach out to their fellow city dweller and to lead with love. The patchwork picnic is a catalyst for making friends and creating connections between the residents of our wonderful city. The picnic will be held in Trinity Bellwoods Park in June and the only ‘rule’ is that your picnic blanket should touch someone else’s. We applied for the awesome foundation grant so that we would have the funds to publicize the event and to get those people most marginalized to the picnic like seniors and at-risk youth.
2. What makes it awesome – in one sentence? The patchwork picnic is awesome because it connects people to each other, to nature and to all that makes life joyful and abundant.
3. What inspired/motivated you to do this? Our inspirations resonates with that of the Awesome Foundation in that we would like to make our city a happier, friendlier place to live. People in the city want to reach out to others and they want to spread acts of kindness and love, all they need is the opportunity.
4. How can people find out more about it or get involved?
Look out for patchwork picnic details on both the LoveBot (www.lovebot.com
) and Greenmoxie sites (www.greenmoxie.com
) and facebook pages. We will need volunteers on the day. If you throw a killer Frisbee, play guitar or have some other talent, we’d love to see it! If you are particularly charming, we’d love to recruit you to help start conversations and spread friendships between attendees or perhaps you want to pick up and drop off some of our attending seniors or kids. Just visit the website and drop us an email if you want to help.
Got an awesome idea? Every month, the Awesome Foundation Toronto trustees get together and award $1,000 in a brown paper bag to the coolest idea and team!
Here are the sketchnotes from tonight’s pitches. Click on the image for a larger version.
Congratulations to Lovecraft TO, the cigarette vending machine turned art vending machine. Good luck with your project!