Greenfield Bridge Opening, October 15, 2017
This one-day event was in concert with the opening of the Greenfield Bridge, the second bridge to bear that nickname. The previous bridge was demolished in December of 2015.
City of Play, a Pittsburgh creative agency dedicated to encouraging creativity and overcoming fear, put on a play/show/adventure/performance/art piece within the larger "The Bridge is Back" celebration, a memory-making, Fantastic Adventure.
The Fantastic Adventure brought together more than 40 local artists to create two sets of locations and events (Wondrous and Wise) to be discovered and interacted with by those members of the public willing to purchase an apple (wrapped in a map!) and adventure! Tokens of Wisdom and Wonder were returned from these sites to maypoles at either end of the bridge, and at sunset, the most-decorated maypole (Wonder!) came alive and marched to the bridge's center, for the ribbon cutting.
For the day, I took on the role of King of the Forest, an ancient, overdressed spirit, picnicking in the city, meeting the public, and welcoming everyone back to Schenley Park.
Tribune Review, October 14, 2017 "New bridge restores identity for Pittsburgh's Greenfield neighborhood"
Better Together: Organizing and Scaling Volunteer Management with Technology
Technow: Technology and Nonprofit Conference, October 19, 2017
I gave this presentation (Google Slides Link) on October 19, 2017. It contains the pro-tips I have after seven years of organizing and scaling volunteer activities for non-profits.
The Unlandmarks Map at Data Day
Carnegie Library Main (Oakland), Saturday, OctoBer 21, 2017
The Unlandmarks Map is a map of landmarks in Pittsburgh which exist only in memory - the actual landmarks are closed, bulldozed, rebuilt, or otherwise gone.
The map is being built by Code for Pittsburgh, during the last half of 2017. Code for Pittsburgh is the region's civic technology meetup group - we gather together as a community to use technology to make the lives of our friends and neighbors better.
Data Day was a community festival event put on by the Carnegie Library Main. During that day, community members took the time to nominate unlandmarks for the map, and share their personal stories about those now-gone places.
Below are highlight photographs from the day, including the nomination forms, a physical version of the Map, and the community at large!