kickstART Your Weekend with Some Good Reads: Small-Town Sustainability and the GFFF Announcement

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. Greater Farmington Film Festival Announces Lineup: Films that touch on the topics of human trafficking, the power of music, and more will be shown during this year’s Greater Farmington Film Festival, held March 5-8 in Farmington and Farmington Hills.

2. On the Democracy of Placemaking: Placemaking values not just how a building is built, but values the idea that a person can make something out of nothing. All people have a seat at the table of creating their ideal community, one that balances the interests of all parties involved.

3. The Argument for Less Infrastructure: The resulting bucolic country lanes twist up the hill and provide a feeling of retreat from both the nearby city as well as the surrounding suburban sprawl. It also ensures that no one will ever be temped to speed since the roads won’t physically allow it. This keeps the neighborhood safe for pedestrians and cyclists. And it also happens to be more ecological as an extra bonus.

4. The Invention of America’s “Love Affair” with the AutomobileIf you believe America’s love affair with the automobile was a natural outcome of free choice, then it’s easier to rationalize the idea of rebuilding cities to accommodate car travel.

5. Bringing Sustainability to Small-Town AmericaThe good news is that there are some terrific examples of green initiatives beginning to emerge in small-town America. While these communities may frequently lack institutional capacity and fiscal resources to undertake big initiatives, they do have the benefit of agility. Even a single leader can make a difference.

 

Announcing the Lineup for the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival!

The lineup for the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival has been announced and tickets are on sale!

You can view film trailers, read descriptions about each film, and purchase tickets or an all-access festival pass at the festival web site.

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Get Your Kicks: 3 Things to Do in F2H this Week (January 26, 2015): See a film, get on your dancing shoes, and listen to some music

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:

Tuesday, January 27th, 7:00 PM: In commemoration of International HolocaustWatchers Remembrance Day the Holocaust Memorial Center presents Watchers of the Sky. The Sundance Festival award-winning film examines the life and legacy of Polish-Jewish lawyer and linguist Raphael Lemkin, who coined the term “genocide.” At the Center on 28123 Orchard Lake Rd in Farmington Hills.

Thursday, January 29th, 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.

Friday, January 30th, 9:00 PM: The band Twisted Root Revival performs at the Basement Burger Bar in downtown Farmington.

(And don’t forget that on Wednesday, January 28th, the schedule for the 2015 Greater Farmington Film Festival will be released!)

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”.

 

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.