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.
Some folks see a lawnmower and think about chores, manicured grass, or that time that Uncle Jimmy shouldn’t of had his thumb where he did. Jason Yarwood sees a community building tool. The Bellwoods Pushmower Society will be inviting you and your manual push mower out for some summer fun and hopes that more pushmower societies will spring up across the city. If you like parks, people, and the sensation of little grass bits bouncing off your shins, than it’s time to start customizing and decorating your mower in anticipation of the first event of 2012.
Check out the video of the January Award: