Update: Knight Cities Engagement Sessions with Southwark School
Last week at Pipeline Philly, the team here at Scout met with Carol Coletta and George Abbott of the Knight Foundation and the six other winners of the Knight Cities Challenge to discuss our exciting and wide-ranging projects. We thought we'd share a video chronicling our community engagement sessions with Southwark elementary school students back in June of this year!
Some more background: Last fall the Knight Foundation awarded Scout a Knight Cities Challenge grant to transform the vacant space along the perimeter of the west side of Bok into a new community living room that provides a space for gathering and encourages interaction between neighbors. Through a series of community-driven design exercises, we engaged students from the adjacent Southwark School in exploring the concept of the living room and ways to translate this concept into an outdoor public space. Southwark's student body is representative of the great diversity of South Philadelphia and over 99% of the students come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds (according to the School District's parameters). We are excited that these ideas generated by the Southwark kids will inform our final design! Stay tuned for more updates!
Psst: the next round of the Knight Cities Challenge is open for submissions. Submit your best idea to make Philly a better place to live and work by noon EST on 10/27/15. Have questions? Join George Abbott, of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, for a community information session on the Knight Cities Challenge Thursday, October 15th from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM held here at Bok, click here to register (for free!). Entrance is on Dudley St.