This Spring, Design Wild designed and carried out an energizing community planting day with two amazing partners, The Actors Fund and Breaking Ground. The Actors Fund develops and manages affordable housing for performing artists across the city, and Breaking Ground develops affordable housing and provides supportive services for people experiencing homelessness. They share a site in Hell's Kitchen, The Dorothy Ross Friedman Residence, which provides supportive housing to special low-income groups including seniors, working professionals, and people living with HIV/AIDS.
In May, we were joined by tenants, building a staff, and programming staff and together we brought some awesome wild to their rooftop. Even in the rain, this #dreamteam took charge and created beautiful spaces, sharing stories, and bringing spirit to their work.
This work was all performed in honor of the untouchable Bette Midler, her work in Hello Dolly on Broadway and the show's generous donation to the Actors Fund. Bette, in case you don't know, has been an incredible supporter and champion for gardens in our city and is the founder of the New York Restoration Project that has been doing wonderful work since the 90's with a mission that 'Nature is a fundamental right of every New Yorker'. That's something we feel strongly about too!
These are the projects that remind us why we care so deeply about bringing together people and plants!
Before we began, the space had a few sparse containers and was begging for some more greenery.
With the help of many hands, we were able to transform the space into a much friendlier welcoming place to eat, commune and enjoy the views.
And in the midst of it all, we were lucky enough to hear from some community members about what their experience was like...