I moved onto the next chapter of my professional career and moved to Austin, Texas, to make it happen. I now work for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, under it’s outreach program called Take Care of Texas. In this position, I’m a marketing and outreach liaison to the public — with focus on educators and K-12 students.
One of the organizations I became a fan of in Dallas was The Better Block, “a 501(c)3 nonprofit that educates, equips, and empowers communities and their leaders to reshape and reactivate built environments to promote the growth of healthy and vibrant neighborhoods.”
What attracted me to this organization was their guerilla-style local community impact, its architectural applications, and how it shared unlimited creativity similar to 3D printing. One of Better Block’s tenants is placemaking and when you can build a sense of community out of a barren parking lot – it’s truly the definition of placemaking!
It’s a special organization that I want to highlight, in hopes that it can inspire you and other in your community.
There were many different types of tree planting celebrations. A lot of which involved golden shovels for sponsors and photo opps! However, music was always a key theme at our events. We had a speaker setup at most events to use as a PA system, but also plugged in music for occasional events. Many of these celebrations also had local students perform as part of the ceremonies.
Below is a compilation of sped-up clips showing students performing or singing along for you to enjoy!