Literary Lots is a program that "brings books to life" by transforming vacant lots in Cleveland into programming spots for children.
Thank you so much for helping us meet our goal! We still have a lot of work to do and so your continued support and sharing of this project would be great. We have a stretch goal of $7,500 before the end of the month. What will we do with these extra funds? More cool stuff! We're thinking of food themed based books for a lot in Ohio City - where Cleveland's great west side market is located. And collaborating with a number of people that have reached out to help bring this project to life.
----- About Literary Lots ----------
Literary Lots is a program that ‘brings books to life’ in vacant lots in Cleveland. Working with the Cleveland Public Libraries and LAND Studio, Literary Lots will transform 2 to 4 vacant lots adjacent to libraries into six-week summer program spots for children in inner-city Cleveland. Between June and August 2013, local artists will use themes from specific children’s books to re-create places, concepts, or adventures from the book, creating a magical and educational space to engage local youth in art and culture. Working with other local non-profits and cultural institutions, the artists will bring engaging programming to youth right in their neighborhoods. The result: a transformative experience that combines creative land re-use, artist engagement, youth education and urban renewal.
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We still have a long way to go after raising all the funds that will be needed to happen. We've mapped out potential locations for the lots, each next to a Cleveland Public Library location. This placement is ideal because it allows for seamless programming with the library and the use of their facilities. If we aren't able to secure those lots, we'd have to face the challenge of finding other standalone vacant lots and considering the extra effort and cost of transportation from the libraries to lots. Another hurdle we'll be facing is copyright. If the books we choose are not in the public domain or if authors aren't allowing permission to use their books, we'll have to fall back on second or third choices. We'll also be keeping a close eye on the weather - bad weather could interfere with programming, especially if the activities consist of outdoor play or tasks. Lastly, long delays in the legal process could potentially be another significant setback in the early phases of our schedule.
We'd love to have people involved in Literary Lots when we launch. We've had a number of people ask if they can volunteer or help set up or even provide reading tutoring or services at the lot. If you want to get involved - please fill out this form: http://bit.ly/WQ1Ob9
Great question ... we are not sure yet but have some great ideas! Because we need to make sure we have the right permissions, we'll likely pick a few books and request the proper permissions and see what access we get. We know some books may be great but access/permissions difficult to secure. As soon as we know we'll post.
We have great project partners including the Cleveland Libraries and Ohio City Writers who will provide creative writing instruction for a portion of the programming. We've had so much interest from others so there may be more organizations and individuals providing programming on some of the days!
Heck yeah! We want as many sponsors as possible! We know this is big money for a big project but we'd love your support and thank you so much for sponsoring such a collaborative and community building activity!