We had an enthusiastic group of 19 participants during this month's meet-up as the NR Future staff discussed the 2017 initiatives which NR Future will help facilitate in collaboration with community Champions and Supporters. For 2017, RDRXR is investing in the NewRo Bike Share program which will be launched in the downtown corridor to coincide with May's National Bike Month. The city of New Rochelle is investing in developing the cultural arts district downtown; for further information please read the report: New Rochelle Arts + Cultural District Plan. After considering the most popular feasible projects from nrfuture.com, NR Future will focus upon Open Streets, a monthly/quarterly Art Walk and a Night Bike Ride. All attendees stated which they were interested in and how they would like to be involved as either a supporter or champion. All three initiatives need both Champions (leaders) and Supporters (assistants) to help organize, promote and participate in the events. Which of those might you want to be involved in as a champion and which would you want to support?
After the presentation and discussion of the initiatives, community liaison, Shari Winard reminded attendees to support grant winners by "liking" their ideas on the NR Future website. Past grant winners from August through November
This month there were three applicants for the two $500 NR Future Five grants. David Patterson presented his proposal for "The New Rochelle Jazz Revue 12th Year Anniversary Concert." It will take place in the Ossie Davis Theatre in the New Rochelle Public Library. Patterson Productions (David Patterson & Staff), along with members of the African American Art & Cultural Appreciation Council, Members of The New Rochelle Council On The Arts, will volunteer to organize and promote the concert. Residents from the community along with local business will be invited to make financial donation/contribution in the amount of $10 dollars. Proceeds will go to the New Rochelle Public Library Children's Programs. Local New Rochelle professional musicians will be hired to perform. The concert will promote, encourage and highlight the rich and historic and cultural life experience of Billy Strayhorn, America's African American Jazz Composer.
Aaron Williams presented the "Roller Skating Night at the Mascaro Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle." He told attendees the grant would help the club invest in roller skates so they could hold a bi-monthly Roller Skating Night for New Rochelle's youth. They would be giving New Rochelle youth a safe place to hang out on Saturday night while enjoying an old past time.
The last grant presentation was by Jordan Campbell with her idea to create a "Spaghetti Winter Wonderland" to serve dinner, music and warm weather items at the Oasis Homeless Shelter in New Rochelle. The goal is to feed 70 people of New Rochelle that are in need of food and shelter in a warm and magical community scene in order to unite our thriving city and prove that no matter how low things may seem, there is always someone who cares.
Attendees voted for "Roller Skating Night" and "Spaghetti Winter Wonderland" to receive the $500 Future Five grant while "The New Rochelle Jazz Revue 12th Anniversary Concert" received the $250 grant for Arts & Culture.
Before concluding the meeting, the raffle for the $50 gift certificate to TzaTziki Greek Grill was held for those who had preregistered their attendance.
The following monthly meetings will be held on the 2nd Weds of every month with the 3rd Weds as the snow date.