Month: July 2016

Guests and Music Mingle at Spanish in the Garden


“Cuando tú me dices a media voz que me amas

Me siento tan sublime como el tibio sol de la mañana

Y esto es lo que tú me haces sentir

Desde el día en que te conocí.”


Sounds of …

Garden to Gallery


A spontaneous sunflower blooms in the garden; watercress weaves into a floating island. Plants teach a different sort of movement, response to the will of wind and water.




At Collard City Growers, the plants …

A Debate in Translation: Are Tomatoes a Vegetable or a Fruit?


We don’t always know the things that we think we know. Sometimes, the simplest questions require translation and clarification.

Today, during Week 2 of Spanish in the Garden, we realized a very real gap in our collective knowledge: What is …

A Feast of Fusion: Uptown Summer 2016 and a Puerto Rican Hawaiian Luau

At the Sanctuary for Independent Media, Tuesdays are the first day of a work week of Uptown Summer’s environmental stewardship and neighborhood storytelling activities. Today in particular brought with it a special newness, as it was the first day of our Spanish in the Garden workshop, which will continue on Tuesdays through the rest of Uptown Summer.

Brainstorming and Building Our Stories: Day 3 of Uptown Summer 2016

Day 3 of Uptown Summer left us wondering what we can build with and in our communities, as a morning of working in the garden moved  into an afternoon of brainstorming in the Sanctuary.


Our morning began with the beeping sounds of a dump truck in reverse, set to provide us with a ton of gravel to add to the pathway that extends through the L-Lot. We spent our morning there, shoveling gravel into pathways, turning piles of dirt and stone into spaces for walking and moving forward into well-loved spaces. With shovels and wheelbarrows and rakes we turned weeds into walking spaces, fueled by water breaks and laughter.

A Summer of Stories: Day 1 of Uptown Summer 2016


Today was a story of beginning. Our 2016 Uptown Summer youth employees began their summer of Environmental Stewardship and Neighborhood Storytelling with an introduction to The Sanctuary for Independent Media and a tour of Collard City Growers. In doing so, we also shared the stories of ourselves. In our …

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