Our deadline for the 2016 Placemaking Projects has passed.
If you're interested in contributing to an exisiting proposal, please join us for our public meetings 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 6-8pm at the Sebastopol Grange!
This project is based on the successful work done by The City Repair Project in Portland, OR.
The Sebastopol VBC is a 10-day event in which neighborhoods activate to build shared public places and eco-oriented projects that they have envisioned, designed, funded, and will maintain for themselves.
The VBC will include hands-on education in permaculture design and construction, natural building, and public art! Projects are built through collaboration, community conversations and commitment of a neighborhood to strengthen itself. Projects are founded on developing strong local relationships, social capital and equity, placemaking, ecological design, supporting our local economy, and developing our city and bioregion as a network of interconnected Village Centers. Everyone is invited to attend evening events at a central location, to participate in workshops or listen to visionaries speak about various aspects of sustainable culture.
How It Works - Timeline
•Potential Placemaking sites must fill out and turn in the Application by Jan. 10th 2016.
•Placemaking sites will meet and share their ideas at a Vision Share Potluck at 6pm on Jan. 10th (Sebastopol Grange)
•Between February and April, The Placemaking Committee will provide planning support to all the Placemaking sites that turn in their applications on time and meet the project qualifications. We will help neighborhoods facilitate and coordinate the outreach / public involvement process, community decision-making and design workshops, grant writing, the permit process with the City, and partnership building. Though we will work very closely with you, all site groups are responsible for their projects from start to finish, which includes fundraising, building, publicizing, and ongoing maintenance of the project.
•By April, groups will have everything ready to complete their project during the VBC. Some groups will have small projects with just one work day and others may have large projects that will involve work before, after and during all 10 days of the VBC. Whatever the scale and scope of the project the Placemaking committee will help you plan and execute your project.
The VBC will feature projects located in or adjacent to the public right of way, and private projects that support community, in various neighborhoods. Private site projects will be structures or systems that are built by and available to the communities concerned with that site, and hopefully available to some extent to the larger community. These may include public squares and meeting houses, community kiosks and benches, solar-powered and artistic innovations, and many other new ideas. Each project is initiated and managed by neighborhood groups with support from the VBC Placemaking Committee.
What we Provide: For PlaceMaking Communities:
• Organizational coordination and logistical support, including placemaking meeting locations, communications and updates, and more.
• Weekly meetings and trainings, facilitation, and guest presenters that will include themes like outreach and coordination, fund raising, facilitation, participatory design processes, ecological design, permaculture, natural building, and more.
• Project design and logistical support for your creative process, with design review sessions that are part of the place making meeting schedule. These can include meetings with the City of Sebastopol to meet code requirements and potentially bypass permit fees.
• Material and logistical support. We will track and evaluate your material needs as we work to provide or source as many of these materials as possible, as donations or for reduced cost. Your community will need to help with this process as well and is welcome to offer any surplus or discounted supplies that you may have on hand.
• Discounts on paint and materials. We will work with businesses like paint stores and local hardware stores and suppliers to get discounted and donated materials to the PlaceMaking sites.
•Outreach and volunteer recruitment. To ensure that each project comunity is well-represented we will feature participating projects online and in a printed publication. This will be an excellent outreach tool for commnity involvement and volunteer participation during and after the 10 days of the VBC.
During The 10-Day Event:
• Attracting and inspiring community involvement in the place making projects from across the city, bioregion and nation. This helps communities accomplish great things as well as bringing lots of new friendships into being.
• A central event venue for community gatherings, that models the practices and economy of localized culture-building, including meals, speakers and workshop leaders, music and entertainment, and much more. Some amount of no-cost access is provided to all projects communities.
• Publicity and documentation of as many aspects of the project as possible.
Tips to Make Your Project a Success
•Include as many people as possible that might use your “Place”. Many successful neighborhood projects begin with a few inspired individuals. The key to any community project, however, is to shift that inspiration to a whole community and involve all of the stakeholders throughout the whole process. We realize that this initial statement of interest will be submitted by those first few inspired individuals, so please do your best to express your own interest and ideas as well as those which you think your neighborhood would appreciate.
•Dream big but be realistic, and flexible. There is no limit as to what is possible, start by brainstorming with your community about what the best possible, most exciting and inspirational projects might be for your community, these may happen this year or in the future and they may morph into simpler projects. Creating long term goals give you something to strive for, but accomplishing any goal is rewarding. Some of the best projects are ones that do one small project each year really well. By spreading the work out over many years, that allows the community to continue to grow closer through the years.
•Host a Community Potluck early on. The whole point of the placemaking process is to strengthen the community that you live or work in. Holding an open potluck is an excellent way to start building community and casually converse about what might strengthen your community even more. We’ve noticed that community sites that begin the season with a friendly potluck are generally more successful in the long run. For neighborhood projects, this usually means inviting the folks living in roughly a 2-block radius.
•Have fun and ask us for help. This is supposed to be an enjoyable experience and it involves work to make it all happen. If you’re having trouble finding help within your community, come to our trainings and ask us for help.
There is also a $25 Application fee which will be used to support the PlaceMaking Process so that we can build lot’s of beautiful projects and print documents to support them. This is due with the Applications or by the Vision Share meeting. If you do not have the application fee, ask us about scholarships.