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Began working as the community liaison for NR Future in September 2016.

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NR Future Monthly Meetup Recap March 2017

We began the meetup with a delicious meal provided by Beechmont Tavern and a variety of participants both regulars and new supporters.  It was a full house.  After networking, we dove into conversation about the recent State of the City address by Mayor Noam Bramson and development updates such as the recently approved location of the DPW yard.  Also highlighted was the fact that the crime rate is at an all time low in 50 years.

To build community and get participants involved in discussion, Jordan Campbell, presented the three bike flyers she had created for the Night Bike Ride Party and asked for everyone's input.  Then she asked for a vote of their favorite flyer to represent the event and said she would post the flyer with the suggested edits on the NBRP Facebook group page. The discussion evolved into figuring out ways to map out the ride and what considerations to take into account.  Pedro Sanchez, owner of Pedro Sanchez Bicycling, offered to map out the potential route.  While a few other participants said they would begin to reach out to local businesses to ask if they would be a pit-stop along the route.  With such enthusiastic participation and commitment, the group wants to aim for the national Bike to Work Day on May 19 as the initial ride.  NR Future Meetup 0317

As a natural progression, the community liaison thanked everyone for their feedback and participation, explaining that this is how placemaking works. Another example of placemaking was the proposal and vote on switching up the NR Future Five grant initiatives to focus upon Intergenerational Engagement instead of solely Millennial and to include a social impact focus.  The group voted unanimously yes to both.

We concluded the evening with presentations by the two NR Future Five grant applicants: Jennifer Lanser from the Chamber of Commerce and Vivian Spady from Big Viv's Foundation.  Both grant ideas received majority support and were awarded the $500 NR Future Five grant.

NR Future Meetup March

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Name: Shari Winard
Website: http://nrfuture.com

Short bio:

Began working as the community liaison for NR Future in September 2016.


Brainstorming Notes: Night Bike Ride Party

Tasks to complete

  • Crowdsource the sign-ups
  • Reach out to acquire Sponsoring businesses along the route
  • Shirts representing different groups. group pride
  • Confirm End destination: 587 Main St show off their place, offering free snacks,
  • Confirm Start: Boys & Girls meeting place to begin, with inside access, hanging out before the first event to introduce the club to the community
  • Create a monthly event
  • Determine how to make the event/route safe so it is open and accessible to All ages
  • Find out what permits are needed to close streets during and at the end of the ride
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Name: Shari Winard
Website: http://nrfuture.com

Short bio:

Began working as the community liaison for NR Future in September 2016.


Brainstorming Notes: NR Art Walk

Notes taken during February 2017 monthly meetup:

NR Future – Art Walk Break-out Session (February 8, 2017)

  1. Targeting Professional & Amateur Artists
    1. Engaging people who aren’t professionals (youth, teachers, latino community, colleges, seniors)
  2. Experiential Component – Dance, Theater
  3. Expositions in Public Spaces – Mapped out – Having a radius that serves different individuals in the community
  4. Partnering with the Art Fest in September
  5. Smaller quarterly art walks to galleries and murals in the cities
  6. Engaging local businesses to host art initiatives
  7. Reaching out to schools, country clubs, library, senior centers, hospitals
  8. Reaching out to the Art Council

Scratch Notes:

  • Should it be for professional or amateur artists?
    • Reach out to all – people who aren’t professionals – reach out to other artists (youth, Latino, college students, professors, art teachers)
    • What is the criteria?
  • Art Teachers
    • Reaching the needs of children (pre-school to high school)
    • Uncovered a lot of art from students
  • Hospitals
    • Often uses the same 4-5 artists
    • Montifeur Hospital
    • Art on the wall
  • Experiential component
    • Live Portrait Drawings
    • Ex. wrapping central park
    • Something everyone can experience – a movie, a dance
    • Botanical Gardens for their Halloween Walk – Giant Puppets walking between, Guys on stilts
  • Should this be incorporated with Arts Fest?
    • Trolley from site to site
    • Tie the city together
  • Venues
    • In the south west (College of New Rochelle), get the College of New Rochelle involved, and Iona
    • Have a radius – serves different individuals different communities
    • Different Zones for different groups of people (Senior Site, Millenial Site)
  • Fleur de Lis
  • History Walk – where they could participate
  • 40s night
  • Art in Motion – Dance
  • Flash Mobs
  • Theater – Acting
  • Make-Up
  • When would this be?
    • Is this a one day event or a weekend?
    • Summer vs. Winter
  • Local Organizations that could participate:
    • Schools
      • Iona
      • College of New Rochelle
      • New Rochelle High
    • Wykegill Country Gill
    • Hospital
    • Dance School – Ms. Jay (New Beginnings)
    • The Library
    • Health Fair – Senior Center
    • Vendors – Hebrew Home, Real Estate People, United Health
  • Who Should Organize and Spearhead this?
    • Arts Council
    • Committee – Controlled and organized
    • People need to be appointed or interviewed to be on the committee
Profile photo of SWinard

Name: Shari Winard
Website: http://nrfuture.com

Short bio:

Began working as the community liaison for NR Future in September 2016.


NR Future Monthly Meetup Recap February 2017

Although the meeting began with a few hiccups, we ended with three productive brainstorming groups which were focused upon implementing the three initiatives of 2017: Open Streets, Art Walk and Night Bike Ride.  Before diving into eating the delicious meal provided by Suggarplums restaurant, NR Future introduced Naomi Williams from Impact Investment who briefly explained the importance of measuring the social impact of the NF Future Five grants.  She encouraged participants to spread the word so NR Future can grow community involvement and continue to make a positive difference in New Rochelle.

The meeting continued as the community liaison then announced the NR Future Five grant awards for February: $500 for the Remington Boys & Girls Club Facade Restoration project, $500 for Shekinah Faith Ministries' Feeding New Rochelle: One Brown Bag at a Time and $250 Arts & Cultural grant for the Hugh Doyle Senior Center's Enhanced Arts program.  NR Future Meetup 0217 - 1 of 23 (3)The Facade Restoration project will paint over the graffiti on the wall by the front entrance, add shrubs and a bench to area.  By doing so they will improve the perception people have of the club when they approach the neighborhood as well as when they come to take their driving since the dead end street is the start and end location for the NY State driving test.  They plan to hold their community improvement day in late April or early May.

Shekinah Faith Ministries has been hosting their weekly community outreach program since January 2017 and the $500 will help them provide more freshlNR Future Meetup 0217 - 1 of 23 (17)y made brown bag lunches over a longer time frame while working with the Westchester Food Bank to supply more food donations to supplement the donations from the community.  Feeding New Rochelle: One Brown Bag at a Time program begins every Wednesday morning at 9 with a small group of volunteers who assemble the brown bags with ham, chicken or turkey and cheese sandwiches with lettuce, an orange or apple, a bag of munchies, a napkin, condiments and a  quote handwritten on a note card.  Distribution takes place right in front of the church from noon until supplies run out.

 

The Enhanced Arts program at the Hugh Doyle Center is a weekly arts program offered on Wednesdays and began in March. For a nominal materials fee, it is open to any senior in the community with a basic knowledge of working with clay.

After awarding the NR Future t-shirt to the grant winners, NR Future staff asked if attendees would be interested in breaking into smaller discussion groups to open dialogue on how to shape and implement the three initiatives for 2017. the Night Bike Party, Open Streets and the Art Walk.  Notes from each group can be accessed here: the Night Bike Party, Open Streets and the Art Walk.

 

The meeting concluded with NR Future thanking everyone for their input and reminding them the next MeetUp will take place on Thursday, March 9 at 7pm.

NR Future Meetup Feb 2017

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Name: Shari Winard
Website: http://nrfuture.com

Short bio:

Began working as the community liaison for NR Future in September 2016.


NR Future Monthly Meetup Recap January 2017

We held our first Meetup of 2017 with over 20 participants. including a visit from Sean McClean, Vice President of Planning and Development with Renaissance Downtowns and Neil Takemoto, Co-founding managing partner of CSPM Group.  The evening started off with typical Mexican entrees and sides from the Little Mexican Cafe Sean's presentation 011117and then everyone settled in to start the meeting off with some introductions.

After hearing from our community organizer, Sean McClean gave some development updates and also explained RDRXR's approach to development in New Rochelle including a brief explanation to the recommended action plan for the development and the zoning in New Rochelle (for a summary and more details refer to pages 16 -22 on our website here).

After an informative Q & A with Sean, we heard updates from William Iannuzzi and Jordan Campbell about their NR Future Five grant projects.  William told us how successful the first roller skating night at the Mascaro Boys & Girls club was with the few skates they have and how many more children they will be able to host on a bi-monthly basis with their purchase of adjustable roller skates.  The Roller Skating party will be a safe place for kids to hang out on a weekend beginning February 4, 2017.

Jordan Campbell then proceeded to tell us about the impact of the first pop-up dinner held at the Oasis Shelter in December.  Because she received so many donations for her project, she was able to expand her outreach and use her NR Future Five grant money to host another pop-up dinner at the Shelter in January with even more volunteers and keep warm care packages.

Mascaro's update

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The last order of business for the evening was to announce our January grant winners!  Songcatchers won a $500 grant for New Music Instruments and Maggie Burke received a $500 grant for the Food Impact Project Soup Kitchen Garden.  Make sure to show your support by liking these ideas and don't forget to support the Winter Wonderland Pop-up dinners for the homeless by getting them up to the likes they need!.

Our next Meetup will be on February 8th at 7:00 pm. RSVP here to let us know you're coming!

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Profile photo of SWinard

Name: Shari Winard
Website: http://nrfuture.com

Short bio:

Began working as the community liaison for NR Future in September 2016.


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