The Sun Prairie Action Resource Coalition (SPARC) is thrilled to collaborate with the Sun Prairie Public library through a “Growing Community” project that connects the Sun Prairie Reads novel, Seedfolks, by Paul Fleischman, to local actions that connect our community.
“Growing Community: Finding Common Ground”
May 29, 2014
6:30pm, Community Room, Sun Prairie Public Library
1350 Linnerud Dr, Sun Prairie, WI 53590
With Sun Prairie Action Resource Coalition (SPARC) members
Heather DuBois Bourenane (UW-Madison and Madison College),
Gina Pagel (Elementary World Language/Spanish Teacher, Waunakee) and
Xue Vang (Bilingual Assistant, CH Bird Elementary).
Building on the novel’s theme of gardening as a means of finding “common ground” to create a sense of a community, this session features a conversation exploring the possibilities of creating community across groups, languages, and cultures. “Growing Community” is an opportunity to share strategies and brainstorm ideas for making positive connections with our neighbors in meaningful and lasting ways, even when it seems like we might not have a lot in common.
The session includes a hands-on workshop to launch SPARC’s Grow it Forward project: a community effort to “grow” an interactive garden mural at the library that will represents random acts of kindness and connections that inspire all of us to “grow it forward” and build community in Sun Prairie. This art and action project provides an opportunity to apply and embrace the novel’s themes of diversity and community through local acts of kindness.
All are welcome to participate in the GROW IT FORWARD Community Art & Action Project, which will continue as an ongoing project through the duration of the Seedfolks Sun Prairie Reads program. The event is free and open to the public, and all are invited to help us grow this garden of kindness on the community mural!
If you’re on facebook, you can RSVP here and invite your friends!