What We Do
The League of Creative Interventionists (LOCI) sponsors projects that harness the creativity of local residents to create stronger, healthier, and more vibrant communities. We do this by providing funding to individuals—the LOCI fellows—who collaborate with planners, nonprofits, local residents, and public officials to think differently and implement innovative solutions to a broad range of community needs.
IMPACT OF COVID-19 - SPECIFIC NEEDS:
How we are impacted: Social Distancing is so important right now. Keeping our fellows, staff, volunteers and communities safe means transforming how we build and support community. In this case, in their own homes.
How you can help: LoCI will take on the physical work. You can support by making a financial contribution to purchase materials, funding extra staff time, and the ramped-up re-design of our website to increase interactivity.
What are we doing: LOCI sponsors projects that harness the creativity of local residents to create stronger, healthier, and more vibrant communities. We do this by providing funding to individuals—the LOCI fellows—who collaborate with planners, nonprofits, local residents, and public officials to think differently and implement innovative solutions to a broad range of community needs.
We believe that it is important that we continue to support and build communities via creative means during this time of separation and disconnection, while keeping our Fellows, partners, and neighbors safe. As an organization, we are embracing our ability to be strategic and nimble, and redesigning our progress to build community in the following ways:
Continuing our Community Conversations
via Facebook Live and Instagram
We are switching all of our in-person Community Conversations to a digital platform beginning immediately. Our Fellows will lead FB Live conversations, posting videos, and encouraging you to share how our next two themes, Action and Restoration apply in our lives. Please be sure to follow us on our social media platforms to participate and engage with your neighbors and others from around the country.
If internet service is a challenge, companies including Comcast and Spectrum are offering free service to homes with K-12 or college students. Please contact them to learn more.
Maker Space Projects
We are transitioning our creative maker space to creative maker kits that include instructions and materials for inter-generational projects that can be done at home. Our first wave of kits will be distributed in the Charlotte’s Lakeview, North End, and Hidden Valley communities. Projects will also be available to anyone via our soon to be developed Maker’s Space Tool Kit section of the League website. We invite you to share your work via photographs and videos posted to our social media.
Urban Gardening and Food Security
LoCI Fellows will continue to work on urban gardening projects. We will be in Lakeview over the next week cleaning and supplementing the existing plant beds in preparation for a community spring crop. We recognize, however that it may not be safe for some of our elder and immuno-challenged neighbors to visit the public beds. As a result, we are developing a plan to build accessible planting beds that can be dropped off (with seedlings and soil) at homes in community. Our Fellows are also working on a collaboration that would pair ready to eat foods with those that are grown at home; sharing and documenting recipes; and composing a zine that shares amazing stories connected to food traditions.
The League and our Fellows are excited to take on this challenge. You can help us in this time of transition by making a financial contribution to help us do this work. Please visit our website to donate or to make a purchase from our Amazon Wish List.
Thank you for your support. Be safe. Be Community.