Continuing the Story of Migration-Design Charrette

Design Charrette is a mechanism that starts the communication process among the project team members, and project management staff.
Aldermanic Ward #3,  Pat Dowell, this project was present to the Alderman on Thursday July 10th, and was approved, we now have permission to proceed with the design, construction, and installation our project.Quad Communities Development Corporation NBDCJimmy Guzman, Sarah KellermanSacred  Keepers Sustainability Lab- Toni Anderson, and After School Matters- Katy Regalado Fabricator- Roger J. Carter Bronzeville Resident will build the environment, and install the mural panels, and planter boxes.
Sacred  Keepers Sustainability Lab- Toni Anderson
Jimmy Guzman, Sarah Kellerman
Facilitator Alpha M. Bruton, Bronzeville Resident is the lead artist on the project, my job is to:
Create a Steering Committee: The first step in planning and organizing a charrette is to set up a steering committee.
The purpose of the steering committee is to guide the charrette planning process and ensure support from key individuals and organizations.
Discussing the charrette objectives and logistical issues with several enthusiastic and dedicated people will stimulate the generation of ideas and make the charrette a more successful event. 

Project Team: East

Our project has a sense of the Butterfly stages of life, such as how the Butterflies adapt while traveling. Due to the fact that we are focusing on the East, we will incorporate the Northern migration of African Americans to the North, specifically the Bronzeville community.

Project Team South
The monarch butterfly travels through the northeast to find direction and freedom. African Americans traveled to the northeast to find a sense of life and freedom. So we would like to incorporate the adaptations and migration of both to show a comparison.

Project Team West
Monarch butterflies  leave Mexico and take migratory paths, one along the Pacific west coast to Canada, and the other through the southwest, midwest, northeast toward Canada . Our focus  will be  on the (Danaus plexippus) Monarch butterfly tribe that leaves Canada, Northeast, through Chicago migrating southwest, to Mexico where there is a yearly one-week long cultural festival, the Festival Cultural de la Mariposa Monarca, that takes place at the end of February / beginning of March.  The celebration attracts many monarch butterflies  tourist. 
Project Team North 
 Our vision is to portray how the north was the beginning for the Monarch and the African Americans. In the most cases the north represents new opportunities that are not available for them in the south. 

Project Timeline- to be completed the second week of August, in time for the Bud Billiken Parade.

The parade and Picnic (also known as The Bud Billiken Day Parade) is an annual parade in ChicagoIllinois, and the oldest and largest African American parade in the United States. Since 1929, it has always been held on the second Saturday in August.[1][2] The idea for the parade came from Robert S. Abbott, the founder of the Chicago Defender. It is now the second largest annual parade in the United States.[3] The focus of the parade is on the betterment of Chicago youth. The parade features celebrities, politicians, businessmen, civic organizations and youth. It occurs in the Bronzeville neighborhood on Chicago's south side and concludes in Washington Park .

·         Set the Stage with the opening sessions and describe project and charrette expectations: We took a trolley ride and tour of Bronzeville on the first day. We also went to the location at 47th and King Dr.,to understand site opportunities and challenges.

·         Establish Ground Rules for the Charrette: Ground rules allows for the group to remain focused while encouraging the free flow of ideas. Examples of ground rules include:
o    No criticism of ideas or people
o    Respect everyone's time
o    All ideas are good
o    Everyone participates
o    Final decisions are consensus based
o    No cell phones
o    One conversation at a time

·         Create Effective Breakout Groups: During the charrette, use tested practices, including designated facilitators, to ensure effective breakout groups. Allow the groups to interact during their working sessions - "cross-pollination" is a source of new ideas. Breakout groups are most effective if there are 6-8 members in a group. 

·         Implement Successful Charrette Practices: Allow plenty of time for reporting out and discussion of various ideas. Also, allow for clear concise wrap-up and next steps - especially helpful are "last thoughts and insights" from a top level team member to catalyze the group to reach their charrette project goals.

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