The RAD Project was three main sections:
- Invite and advertise a family event to teach children and families in the community about the impacts of climate change and ways that families can implement principles of sustainability in their households
- Hold the event – have fun doing sustainability themed art projects. Lessons given by kids in the community Play games that teach and underlying principle.
- Us the event to expand my influence for design by discussing it in media and building a relationship with the Staten Island Museum to provide a forum for discussing sustainability (using the green design of the museum as a draw for community members).
Lessons learned and success:
- To organize a truly successful community event requires more time to advertise and get the word out. The event happened and we did get families to participate; however, these were the families I have the strongest connection to already, families that I have an easy time talking to already. Additional time to advertise and getting the event in the local paper – The Staten Island Advance – is a big lesson learned.
- The event did give me a good perspective on the challenges other families have when trying to implement principles of sustainability in their households. These are the points that I’m putting together for a byline article in Green Child Magazine. I had conversations with the editor and there is interest in the article. I also reached out to The Staten Island Advance and will follow – up.
- The plan to have art pieces displayed in a local art gallery is not proceeding as planned – these galleries in Staten Island are somewhat struggling and getting them to use valuable wall space for a non-profit event has proved challenging.
- The connection with The Staten Island Museum is strengthened as a result of the event as it shows my passion. I plan to volunteer at the museum and through this work plan an event to teach sustainability.
Overall, I feel that the project was a success. I feel that by preparing the event and all the moving parts, lessons, games, etc that I increased my own understanding and passion for these topics. I also feel much more confident in communicating my views to others and that people are open to listening.
One of the art projects from the event: “Live” and we are all “dots” working together.