Karen Sofia Mata, MAUD 2018

Summer 2017

Organization: Neighborworks Blackstone River Valley, Woonsocket, RI

Sponsor: Doebele Community Service Fellowship

 

” Two weeks ago we started promoting an event within the community called “Orange Party”. By that time I realized how difficult it is to reach agreement within the community when permissions are so restrictive;  they do not allow much interaction and space to negotiate between people.

 

 

 

 

However, Woonsocket is not too large a city, and NeighborWorks has been working with the community for years. This event was fundamental to get people interested in new proposals for the city. To stimulate participation, we distributed flyers and approached the community person by person.

 

Among all of NeighborWorks efforts, a key endeavor is to help artists to promote themselves by providing them with a space to work and support within that process. The “Orange Party” finally arrived.

I could see how this organization, little by little, engages people to participate in public life. It is challenging to think about the qualities of space that invites people to go to one place and stay for an event, and the scales of social interaction that make it possible.”