To paraphrase Tina Turner, “now that we’ve found the Plaza, what are we going to do with it?”
Rest assured we have big events planned: Summer Concerts with Community Celebrations; Jazz Festival; Thanksgiving Parade… But, what happens day-to-day on the Plaza?... How can we come together and activate this new public square in a way that reflects of our community – and is welcoming of all?
No government initiative can do this. No institution or organization can be expected to solely lead the charge… No one person can lead... This is something that must grow organically, from within the community, for the community, by the community.
In the short time since the Plaza opened, we’ve seen two great examples of possibilities (see #1 and #2 below.)… We’ve come up with a list of other possibilities; but, these are just “one person’s opinion”… What is YOUR idea?... How can YOU make it happen?... And, to paraphrase Nike: “Just do it”!
1. Performormances by local talent on the Portico Silver Spring Town Center Inc., together with Round House Theatre, organized 5 hours of free entertainment for the Opening Ceremony of the Civic Building at Veterans Plaza. They were able to get over 10 acts to come perform free of charge.
2 Drumming Circles IMPACT Silver Spring has invited the community to come ‘drum’ every Saturday night at 7pm. Last Saturday, there were was quite a crowd drumming, dancing, and clapping away; making beautiful noise and joyfully engaging each other.
3 Poetry Reading
4 Acoustic guitar playing
5 Free style dance/movement
6 Group exercise / fitness workout
7 Topical conversations
8 Open air debate / soap box opportunities
9 Board game playing (chess, checkers, dominoes, cards)
10 Hang out
Other ideas? Chime in and become a follower of this blog to see what others are saying... or better yet, come out to the Plaza and 'do your thing'!