A public installation driven by community conversation, 2013

Sherman Park / Washington Park

Published on October 31st, 2013 | by adamcarr


Sherman Perk Session

With the assistance of the Sherman Park Community Association, we convened a small group of longtime leaders from the neighborhood at the always-charming Sherman Perk. We began at an outdoor table, until some sprinkles drove us inside.

Below explore some of the writing that took place during this session.

(Explore work from this session below.)

Merrie Felden: She came to town with ideas and plans and organizing skills.

Kay Koneazny: This is the legened of of Kay Koneazny, known for her helpfulness throughout her lifetime. She was so helpful, her children didn’t walk until they were in kindergarten because she carried them everywhere to get them to their destination sooner.

She baked so many cookies for her children’s soccer snacks that the team got too fat to play. She won all of the volunteer awards given by her children’s schools, the neighborhood hospitals, and her church. She organized all fundraisers, food drives, and neighborhood watch groups for her community. She saved three drowning children, a child in a burning home, and a man who suffered a heart attack in the street.

Barry Givens: Jim K. He showed me that you can empower people by giving a clear objective and challenging them to act.

He had a way of introducing his agenda or idea and making you think it was yours.

Supreme Allah: Girraffe’s necks were short. Then one day there was an gnome who wanted to collect the giraffe’s black tongue to make black tongue stew.

Mary Steger: Waste Not, Want Not: Eat it up, wear it out, make it up, or do without.

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