Last year, Lions & Rabbits took a small portion of an improvement district and transformed it. Within a few weeks, eight local artists painted murals “After Dark.”
We invited local neighbors, businesses, artists and friends to participate- and threw a killer fundraising party for corridor improvements. I mean ask the 2,000+ people that showed up or check out the pictures.
We listened to the feedback and we are working to host four beautification efforts in, four different neighborhoods followed by four community events on four different dates this summer. We are calling them “.After Dark”
As you know, our neighborhoods are uniquely created. We are working alongside each district to ensure their events are tailored to perfection. We understand how important it is to have each community members’ voices heard. That’s why we are training an artist and business representative from each neighborhood. They are learning how to go through this process from start to finish. Each with their own goals leading them to their own future projects to develop their neighborhoods.
Artists and vendors participating are represented directly within these neighborhoods. We are celebrating the community by rallying the City as a whole to engage with us. All the while, we are making this experience a fundraising effort that is essential for the growth of these communities.
Michigan St. After Dark / June 20
Creston. After Dark / July 18
Southtown. After Dark / August 15
Westside. After Dark / September 19
Each event will have a similar itinerary starting with a Corridor Clean Up. At each event you will be sure to see the following:
From assisting an artist, planting a flower or handing out water, everyone plays a part in the success of these events.
The more the merrier. The funds that are raised from each party go back to the district for beautification efforts. This could be planting, decorations, more art, trash cans, whatever the district is working towards. Liquor, beer and wine sales are disbursed to the districts.