Before going to Hazelwood, our team went to Creative Reuse to find recipe boxes for our activity and frames for the different parts of Kim’s story. We changed our goal cards to have one main goal with a tear-able piece, which would go in the mailbox for COL as a call to action. On the tear-able, people would write the resources they need to accomplish their goal. We also tweaked and remade our initial prototypes before bringing them back to Hazelwood.
We got helpful feedback from the community members, some of whom also filled out our recipe and goal cards. They mentioned that our activities did not really relate to one another, although they liked the participatory nature of our section. One community member mentioned that the activities should involve the young adults more, and depict why having aspirations would mean they don’t end up on the living room board of news headline statistics. What about “wanting to be a fireman” makes Hazelwood a better place? Someone thought that the aspirational characters were better fitted to represent family members and the careers of their loved ones, showing the community’s relationships. They thought the aspirations might be a good way for someone to put up people in their family, so they can always come back here and find them. We had bits of Kim’s story taped up on the wall, but someone thought it represented “businesses in the community” in general, and someone else wanted to see others’ stories alongside Kim’s.
In general, the community seemed to respond well to our presentation, they were particularly excited about how interactive our exhibit was and mentioned this is a good way to engage repeat visitors. Using Kim’s story as a concrete example helped visitors understand the aspirational aspect of the space and also made the exhibit feel more ‘real’ and ‘local’. A few community members wanted to make sure that Kim’s story could be replaced with another person’s narrative, after some time, to keep the exhibit fresh. One thing that we feel is missing from our space is a clear, general theme that ties all the activities together. There needs to be cohesive structures that make the flow of activities more deliberate and rewarding.
- Create a more cohesive narrative with Kim’s story, tying all the activities together
- Rethink how the ‘little people’ engages with young kids and young adults
- Think about how to show family connections / bonds through our activities
- Illustrate how having aspirations is important for the community
Alisa, Diana, Jackie, Julia, Praew, Zac