A public installation driven by community conversation, 2013

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Published on October 31st, 2013 | by adamcarr


AnnMarie Simm

A burgeoning leader.

Ann is fluent in the neighborhood and continues to live that investment in the community. We dropped in on her as she tended her children, freshly home from school. She shared with a deep sincerity.  Below, find some excerpts from this conversation.

Explore pieces of this conversation below.

-He made me fearfully and he wonderfully made me.

-We can do this, we can do that, we can do this!

-My very very very first boyfriend, he used to chase me from Hopkins.

I went to Hopkins, I grew up around Lavernway, my very very very first boyfriend, he used to chase me from Hopkins.

I grew up on 14th and Chambers — this is really my neighborhood. So I’m sitting up here like, “Dude, we can come up with things to do in the neighborhood to promote people to come back? And to celebrate?” I remember we used to do this all the time. (Of course, it was at the club.) There was always something going on in our neighborhood. We would have block parties. We would have things at the park — even the dope dealers got involved when I was a kid.

The opportunity to have that all over again and my kids to see it — even though we live in the inner city, this is a diverse group of people still coming together. We’re all trying to live — we want to have fun, we want the best for our families, and get everybody to come back and reunite with each other. I think society has gotten us in the mindset, just on — “Whoever’s under my roof is who I’m concerned about.” That’s not what community is.

If nobody taps into them and invests, they’re just going to keep doing what they’re doing now — kill each other. They gettin’ consumed. Everybody wants love — but dude, it’s love right here. We got to teach each other how to love again. You gotta teach each other how to give it, learn how to accept it. Matter of fact, finding a place in your heart and mind that you’re worth receiving it, even from a stranger. It breaks my heart, more than anything, that there are so many hurting people with people around them that can help. But because everybody’s so self-centered, they’re not thinking to share.

I think people don’t know who they really are and they’re trying to find significance in things and people. They’re trying to be affirmed by society. People find significance in things that will eventually die and then they invest all that they are in something temporary. It’ll never satisfy you. We long for significance, so I’m going to stay focused on the things that I need to do. I need to be complete in my self.

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