I am asking your insight small & large. I do not offend easily as a preamble...
By trade, I have been an artist in one discipline or another since I was in my twenties. And as time would have it and the way of artists, I've morphed from Dancer/choreographer/set and costume design/teacher to Visual artist /teacher & lecturer to writer/ poet/photographer & all points in between.
Now here I am in an involuntary retirement not because I wanted to, but because of the economy so much has dried up. I cannot imagine my life (and don't plan to), stop creating.
What I had been toying with flying around in my head as an annoying gnat has just came up.
I want to create a way to incorporate gardening, the arts & teaching all of which I enjoy.
As New Orleans continues to redesign and recreate its energy one of the things that had not been synonymous with this party city has been going green.
It is now happening more now especially since Katrina.
Yet as out there as New Orleans is, it can also be slow & traditional in changing long long deeply held habits. We have a high level of obesity & despite the fact that everybody & their mama can cook & cook well,we do experience especially among younger families those who cannot cook or if they can know how to prepare healthy meals that still imbued all the verve, panache and tasty traditional Creole & Cajun foods of this region.
Now having said that, I had tossed around the idea of several things...
1. Helping people to create gardens to feed their families people who like me had not garden since childhood (if you are over 60).
2. Provide resources i.e classes bringing in New Orleanians who have gone raw or prepare healthy foods.
3. Designing/creating my own line of garden art both visual, musically & poetically.
4. Co-ops of seniors and/or young people for healthy lives without being lectured at or criticized or put down all of which would shut people down. We already get that from people who do not respect culture or while well meaning, are perceived as still yet another group of people wanting to gentrify or wipe out New Orleans' culture.
Too long to go into some of which is real, some of which is imagined.
Anyway I am asking for your thoughts on this...While this may be common other places it is in typical New Orleans fashion, just starting to happen here. I mean there have always been a few, but they come across as too "hippy-dippy" for the average New Orleanian.
Anyway this is the gist of my idea(s).
Now I still have to find money to implement some of this so I can support myself & plan to use my residence as the prototype inside and out. Yes I have the space to do it. My biggest hurdle is financial although some of it will be finding creative use of what I already have.
What do you suggest? I am open to anything!
"It takes awhile to build a dream"~Terry McMillian,author.
"All that you are seeking is seeking you"~ Franz Kafla
"Never argue with what is"~Unknown
"Who you are at 20 shiuld not be who you are at 40. If it is, somethings wrong"~ Tyler Perry
"Just because you can means you should"~Terry McMillian
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