Transformational Activism is the idea that we can tap into the power of mass-collaboration and collective creativity to transform people into more loving, peaceful, and compassionate human beings. It is based on the idea that people need to transform on the inside as well as on the outside to create any meaningful change in the world. This project examines how the arts can be used as a vehicle for transformational activism by re-imagining the concept of open community space.
One of the greatest forms of oppression experienced in marginalized communities is the lack of access to healthy food. Yet we often neglect the idea of how an area feeds itself as a sign of a neighborhood's well-being. This project proposes the creation of an arts and wellness based community center in Harlem, New York. Featuring a community garden and food co-operative this facility would provide free performing and creative arts workshops to the community, as well as provide health and wellness services and education. Looking forward, our vision is to create an innovative as sustainable community building structure which can be replicated in communities all across the globe.