Think Outside the Globe: Big Ideas for People's Liberty Globe Grant
A lot can happen in 800 sq. ft. Each wave of Globe Grantees have redefined possibility, exploring tangible connections between personal interests and community involvement. For People’s Liberty this has meant outward growth— limitless extensions of creativity and engagement. For 2017, we want to find even more ways to transform our storefront space into a lively, meaningful center for our neighborhood. We’re inspired by our grantees, and also by innovative projects beyond the walls and our city. There are projects happening in various zip codes that continue to exemplify the how a space becomes more than just a space. Here’s a few that have caught our eye.
CONFLICT KITCHEN is a takeout restaurant in Pittsburgh that only serves cuisine from countries with which the US is in conflict. The project uses food as a platform to spark conversation about cultures and countries that many might otherwise know little about. The in: delicious food. The out: cultural exchange.
STORYCORPS is a continuous project that records and shares the unique stories of people. The goal is to preserve and share humanities stories, while promoting 1-on-1 conversation about what individuals are passionate about. StoreCorps started with one booth in Grand Central Station, NYC. The in: conversation in a fun venue. The out: creative recorded history.
TINY DESK is a series of small scale performances that take place at the desk of Bob Boilen (the host of NPR’s All Songs Considered). Artists from all genres perform intimate renditions of a handful of songs. The public gets to peek inside NPR’s staff room and see their favorite (or new) artists in a new light. The in: music. The out: music.
826 VALENCIA is a nationwide non-profit organization that was born from a pirate storefront in the Mission District of San Francisco. The storefront (still) sells a multitude of pirate-themed tools, gifts and garbs. In the back, students and teachers collaborate to promote and explore literary arts. The in: pirates. The out: a lasting non-profit.