It has been far too long since I have written but I assure you that has not meant my efforts towards honoring local integrity and working towards community improvement have subsided in the least bit.
2012 was a whirlwind of a year, I am still working fervently towards helping the GardenAerial project grow, working in my role as Vice President of the Western Erie Canal Alliance, and building community around the arts (and exceptional coffee) at Joe Bean Coffee Roasters!
I am currently involved in attempting to create the first phase of that project which will be a Sustainable Sunken Garden for Brown’s Race in High Falls. It is an opportunity to create a truly one of a kind greenspace that will become an interpretation of our efforts to bring an EcoDistrict to Rochester for the first time. There is much I can say about both the GardenAerial and this project in this post but instead I would like to reserve this posting as an overview of new initiatives for 2013.
If you would like to connect to the GardenAerial and read my blog postings there, please visit http://www.gardenaerial.org/blog or (better yet) support our campaign for the sunken garden by clicking here!
The main reason I am making this post today however, is because I want to share with you that I am launching and hosting a brand new project that I am incredibly excited about. I am currently working along side a production company here in Rochester to produce a local travel series that will put a lens on the often overlooked people and places from our region. I can tell you from my own personal experience that there are incredible things happening in and around our community that often don’t see the light of day enough for us to even pay attention.
Today I spent the day filming in and around Medina, NY to take time to explore and discover the many incredible initiatives that are happening there. It is a myth that innovation cannot come from outside of a major metropolitan area and quite the contrary after today’s filming in Medina I would actual assert that the village is demonstrating greater innovation in their urban planning then we are here in Rochester, NY.
Medina’s investement and creativity in adaptive reuse of beautiful (and often dilapidated) infrastructure is something that will be making major news with or without my project’s attention, just remember you heard that here first!
It was an incredible day of exploration and conversation which will not only make you want to visit this amazing small village of Medina but will also challenge your perception of what is happening here in Upstate New York.
We are surrounded by amazing people and places and it is time we start paying attention, my project will do just that and will give the incredible people (and their personalities) an opportunity to be known and heard.
I anticipate that the first screening of this series will begin in early Summer of this year (2013).
Sometimes it takes a slow road for us to take notice of the beauty that is around us, I’m thankful I explored one today and that it is reinvigorating a desire and passion to explore, pursue, and honor the people and places of our greater community.
Stay tuned, this is something you do not want to pass by!