kickstART Your Weekend with Some Good Reads: On the Film “Red” and a Love Letter to a City

We highlight here some communitygreat articles we’ve read this week dealing with art, creative placemaking, and building great communities. You’re sure to find some inspiration to make your life and our community even better!

1. How to Paint a “Love Letter” to a City: He says he hopes that people will be inspired by the work and make their own love letters to their cities … “I like to think of myself as a visual blues musician—I’m painting love songs”.

2.  Big Park, Great City?: Parks can raise city profiles, stimulate development, increase property values, attract tourists and, most importantly, improve the quality of life for urban dwellers.

3. More Parking and Walkable Michigan Cities: (The) parking commission was looking at a new pricing strategy … to encourage people to save a buck and walk or take a shuttle to get to work. The resistance? A “front door” mentality among downtown workers who want to be as close as possible to the entrance…. Michigan has 14 million off-street parking spaces — stunning, since our population is under 10 million.

4. Author Teju Cole on the Film “Red”: Kieślowski explores the experiences of two people who live in the same city, visit the same places, touch the same doorknobs. Does their proximity have any meaning? Will they meet?

5. Art Flies from a Chicago RooftopEach month, Lillstreet uses its airy Rooftop Project Space for “exhibitable work outside of a four-wall paradigm”.

 

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Sneak peek at the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival Poster

Next week on Wednesday, January 28th, we will release details about the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival.

Today, a sneak peek at the art that will be part of the official festival poster, created by illustrator John Martin.

What do you think?

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Get Your Kicks: 3 Things to Do in F2H this Week (January 19, 2015): Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

KickstART farmington is committed to kicking the community in the arts and so we recommend these three cultural arts events taking place in Farmington/Farmington Hills this week:

Monday, January 19th, 9:00 AM through 4:00 PM: Martin Luther King, Jr. MLKDay events at the Farmington Community Library, including keynote presentation with LaNesha DeBardelaben from Charles H. Wright
 Museum of African American History, poet Ber-Henda Williams, and storytelling with Miz Rosie.

Tuesday, January 20th, 7:00 PM: Farmington Hills Writers’ Group, for writers of all levels and writing styles looking to improve and discuss their craft, at the Farmington Community Library on 12 Mile.

Thursday, January 22nd, 8:00 PM: Swing Farmington at St John Lutheran Church, 23225 Gill Rd. The January Lesson Series with Garret Urban is followed by open dance starting at 8:30 pm.

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kickstART Your Weekend with Some Good Reads: Parking, Transit, and a Renovated Theater in Farmington Hills

We highlight here some communitygreat articles we’ve read this week dealing with art, creative placemaking, and building great communities. You’re sure to find some inspiration to make your life and our community even better!

1. How Walking, Biking, and Mass Transit Move Us Toward a Brighter Future: Transportation accounts for 25 percent of household costs in “Auto Dependent Exurbs”, compared to 9 percent in walkable communities with good transit connections.

2.  A Renovated Movie Theater in Farmington Hills: The programming at the nine-screen Riviera will focus on mainstream films, and the theater will feature partial stadium seating, reclining chairs and a full bar and cocktail lounge.

3. Does Your Town Have “Good Bones”?: When people who study cities and towns say that a place “has good bones,” they mean that it has a connected network of small blocks and “lean” (not overly wide) streets. The blocks probably hold at least a few fine old buildings … Urban renewal and parking policies led to the loss of many buildings.

4. The Shopping Mall Death Spiral: Cities that tethered their future to this experiment are going to struggle while those that still have a pulse in their core neighborhoods will have a chance at renewed prosperity.

5. Too Many Parking Spots?When we say we can’t find anywhere to park, what we usually mean is we can’t find a free or insanely cheap parking spot within spitting distance of our destination.

 

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Get Your Kicks: 3 Things to Do in F2H this Week (January 12, 2015): Opening Reception of Public Art Program

KickstART farmington is committed to kicking the community in the arts and so we recommend these three cultural arts events taking place in Farmington/Farmington Hills this week:

Monday, January 12th, 6:00 PM: Opening reception for the City of Farmington Hills Public Art Program, at Farmington Hills City Hall.

Wednesday, January 14th, 6:30 PM: Kickoff event for the Georgetown University Energy Prize with Dave Rexroth, Jack Lessenberry, and American Idol Jena Irene, at the Costick Center.

Encounter in Paris by Edee Joppich

Encounter in Paris
(c) Edee Joppich

Wednesday, January 14th, 6:45 PM: The monthly meeting of the Farmington Art Foundation will feature guest speaker Edee Joppich, a former FAF member, well-known artist, and teacher. She will offer a critique of FAF member art work, at the Spicer House in Heritage Park.

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kickstART Your Weekend with Some Good Reads: What Makes a Livable City?

We highlight here some communitygreat articles we’ve read this week dealing with art, creative placemaking, and building great communities. You’re sure to find some inspiration to make your life and our community even better!

1. What is a Livable Community or City?: Towns and cities themselves are art. You can’t see it at 50 mph or very clearly at 30 mph—you must walk, bike, or drive slowly. The art of community building brings us together.

2. The Increase of Poverty in the Suburbs: Suburbs also have less transit than urban areas, making it difficult for low-income residents to get to jobs or buy groceries. And social services have been slow to follow the poor to the suburbs, so many suburban poor find themselves isolated.

3. Building Community Through Performances in Community Gardens: With their latest performance, called “The Harrowing,” they are planning to visit community gardens across the city and host neighborhood parties as a way to unite the residents.

4. Go to Ann Arbor … for the Public Art?: From miniature dioramas buried at the feet of storefronts along Main Street to a movable cube in the middle of campus, art is everywhere in this city.

5. Helping Artists Find Places to Work and PerformWhile their congregations might have condensed, renting out the ornate and uplifting interiors of church buildings is a natural fit for arts groups.

 

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Want to Support the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival?

We are hard at work on the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival (March 5-7) and we’ll have some news to share on that soon. This is shaping up to be a fantastic film festival!

wristbandsWe’re continuing to welcome individuals and businesses interested in partnering with us to join kickstART farmington as sponsors of the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival.

You can download sponsorship information here, at the festival web site, or feel free to contact us at info@gffilmfest.com.

See you at the theater soon!

 

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