Where: the Akron Art Museum
When: Tuesday, April 7th after work from 5:00-8:00 PM
What: SONG, DANCE AND FOOD FROM THE MARGINS OF AKRON
COME AND CELEBRATE THE CHANGING FACE OF LEADERSHIP
Why: We are an unofficial fellowship of neighbors, friends and family who season our community with love and we need to connect with each other.
Do you have eyes to see? A heart to believe? We are present but not always visible. The best stuff often happens below the surface, unnoticed and unrecognized, in the darkness of the incubating soil. Alchemizing minerals and nutrients, buried in the dirt, nourish organic life. We are already present and springing forth. Pulsing with life, rising, unbidden, pushing up through crusty topsoil to reveal the bright colors of spring in budding flowers and multiplying plants. Generating a variety of organic fruits and nourishing vegetables to be tended by community gardeners.
Power, prestige and privilege can’t deliver the full goods of a healthy and healing community. The grass roots are always below the surface. Hidden from the powerful. But still present, serving and leading on the margins, whether recognized or not. We are creative, emerging and ready or not, coming out of the shadows. In neighborhoods and workplaces we are already here, doing good, loving, laughing and making Akron a better place. Do you know who “we” are? Would you recognize a servant leader? We are disguised, as laborers, immigrants, grandmothers, small business owners, returning citizens, cops who care, single moms, students, neighbors, fathers and friends. We are the lifeblood of our community.
How do you identify us? We are engaged, taking responsibility to solve problems, whether we are authorized or not. We are amateurs, those who act out of love. Love for people and place. Do you really know Akron? If so, we are Akron. Come and meet us. Discover who we are. The changing face of Akron. We are present and future leaders. Already and not yet. Rising. Germinating. Seeding hope in ourselves and others.
Block watches, urban gardens, neighborhood clean-ups, Porch Rocker festivals, GAINS Network, returning citizens, immigrants, women up to no good, Pride Centers, house churches, international students, recycling trash pickers, loft artists, budding entrepreneurs, machine shop workers, after school tutors, university students, minimum wage earners, social workers, teachers, library volunteers, coaches. Can’t you see? Life is alive and well and thriving at the grass roots.
Don’t miss the unveiling: Come and join the dancing and music making. Eat, drink and be merry. We work hard and play harder. Living. Loving. Laughing. Together. No one is excluded from the quest to make our community whole. You are needed and wanted. Your contribution is necessary. Do you know what it is? Consider yourself recruited to make the future happen. Who are we? Come and see, so each of us will be inspired by all of us.