This is the first time I make an event with NSG, and I would like to make more in the future.
Our 2018 Imperial Drive Spring Dirt Party was a resounding success that attracted a large group of neighbours from Imperial, Alliance and Brunswick roads. We gathered at 4pm to plant flower baskets to hang in the pedestrian laneway that runs between the Imperial Drive cul de sac and the Railway-Moncton intersection. We also planted vegetable troughs with herbs and tomato seedlings for everyone to share. Two residents will be putting in a watering system this weekend to reduce the hassle of handwatering these plants over the summer.
My involvement with our neighbours first began shortly after hearing neighbourhood stories and reference to Vancouver Foundation’s 2012 Connections and Engagement Survey. The survey results and the stories prompted me and my wife to begin our practice of neighbouring. I use the term practice as I feel it emphasizes an intentionality of being an active neighbour. This act of intentional neighbouring is rooted in my faith - that to love God, is to love neighbour.
How can we deepen friendships and forge new practices with our isolated neighbours? Big annual events are a great starting place. But to nurture growing friendships and a web of care in our neighbourhoods, we need more than one gathering a year. I have found that simple hospitality, around good food – and hosted regularly in homes – provides the best foundation for developing a social fabric in a neighbourhood.
From the day we received the grant, we have been determined to put together the best event possible. As many of us know, artists today are stigmatized and often thought of as “inferior” - after all, we do nothing except paint stuff that honestly have no relation to anything of use just to make a living and try to please the upper class by creating obscure “modern” artworks that literally no one in the general population understands except for “the elites”, right?