Louisville Grows – volunteer work day

I worked with Valerie Magnuson and Lilias Pettit-Scott to fill their new raised beds today (10-8-14). These two women are community champions. Need more like em. Check out Louisville Grows website HERE.

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Puppet Prom 2014

I just love Squallis Puppeteers as an organization.  Love what they do.  Love how they do it. Love the community of folk that make it happen.  I had the great pleasure of serving on their board some years ago when the annual fund raising event was the Fools Day Bash on or around April 1.  Now it’s Puppet Prom.  I like the prom theme just as much.  We’ve been going to this for years now.  Ruby had a ball.  Erin said she was like a Will-O-The-Wisp. I thought it such a good term.  Here’s a few pictures taken in the photo booth at this years puppet prom.  I especially like the series of shots that Bailey and Ruby took together.  It would have been a hoot to have been in the booth with them. But then this wouldn’t have happened.  You can find out more about Squallis Puppeteers by clicking HERE.

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2013 Children at Play Conference – Oct 4/5

I know that the readers of this blog are few. And I know that the few are not close. But… Next Friday and Saturday is the first Children at Play Conference at Bernheim (near Louisville Kentucky). I’ve been pulling the larger Children at Play Initiative that this conference kicks off for over a year. This is the start of an on-going effort to reinvent the universe of outdoor play spaces in my region. I know, in my bones, that this community will become a hot-spot for the most amazing outdoor play environments to be found. With a bit of help we will simply make it so. If you want to find out more about the upcoming conference simply click HERE.CAP13 Promo

Seven Years Ago Today

David Sauter at Chris and Mandy's Solstice party - June 21, 2006

David Sauter at Chris and Mandy’s Solstice party – June 21, 2006

On the fourth of July, 2006 one of my favorite people and a friend close enough to be a brother passed away unexpectedly mid morning. Just thinking about him. Soon after he died I painted a canvas. Mostly to work through some things in the meditative state that my mind goes into when I paint. Painting is an activity that makes everything go away except for that one thought in your head. It’s an activity that, for me, allows me to keenly focus. Unlike almost every other painting that I’ve done, I wouldn’t change anything about it. Most of my paintings I could easily yank off the wall and paint right over. Not that one.

Memorial painting for David Sauter.

Memorial painting for David Sauter.


Memorial painting for David Sauter - 34 rusted safety pins

Memorial painting for David Sauter – 34 rusted safety pins

Tactical Urbanism on E. Market

On 6-22-13 a team of citizens headed by Patrick Piuma of the Urban Design Studio and Mike Lydon of the Street Plans Collaborative spear headed a Tactical Urbanism action in the 800 block of East Market in Louisville KY.  These images were taken during a morning that included shutting down parts of E Market, reverse parking, bump-outs at intersections, a tree lined median parklet, strawbale seating, and other designs.  A Tactical Urbanism Salon took place at the Green Building in the 700 block followed by a 9 person Pecha Kucha style presentation on TU like efforts currently going on in Louisville.  My hat is off to everyone involved in making this sort of thing happen.  On my “TOOLS” page I put up links to the Tactical Urbansim handbooks.

At 2:00 p.m. on the day of the TU intervention Why Louisville Two hosted a March of the Colonels.  Was that serendipity, good planning, or just the way Louisville rolls.  We may never know.  We may never care.

Mike Lydon and Patrick Piuma discuss a TU action in the 800 block of E. Market.

Mike Lydon and Patrick Piuma discuss a TU action in the 800 block of E. Market.

Sy Safi (on knees) and others help with the street art in the new median parklet.

Sy Safi (on knees) and others help with the street art in the new median parklet.

TU team creating straw bale seating. Canvas over straw.

TU team creating straw bale seating. Canvas over straw.

Start up company at the TU.  Fresh, cold and tasty.

Start up company at the TU. Fresh, cold and tasty.

Mary Beth Brown discusses TU in the middle of Market St. over lunch.

Mary Beth Brown discusses TU in the middle of Market St. over lunch.

TU at the Speed of Local

TU at the Speed of Local

You can't engage in Tactical Urbanism without a beverage man.

You can’t engage in Tactical Urbanism without a beverage man.

Eric Burnette shows people how to make seed bombs.

Eric Burnette shows people how to make seed bombs.

Street art delineates the new median park.

Street art delineates the new median park.

Patrick Piuma.  Captain of this Ship of State.

Patrick Piuma. Captain of this Ship of State.

One of the strategies in TU is documentation.  Mary Beth Brown does that like a champ.

One of the strategies in TU is documentation. Mary Beth Brown does that like a champ.

Mike Lydon helps lead an idea capturing session during the intervention.

Mike Lydon helps lead an idea capturing session during the intervention.

The March of the Colonels gets ready to roll from Why Louisville Two.

The March of the Colonels gets ready to roll from Why Louisville Two.

Kate Hanraty, Colonel Sanders and Sailor Bip get ready for the March of the Colonels.

Kate Hanraty, Colonel Sanders and Sailor Bip get ready for the March of the Colonels.