A short video I did for a fun client!
Short video I did for a client. Go on down, get cultured and stuff…
A project I completed for a great cause recently.
A short video I did for a great Raleigh, NC-based sustainable small business. What happens when your sustainable farm/garden gets too much rain? Owner and Farm Manager Daniel Whittaker discusses the trickle down effect of 11.5″ of excess rain over the month of June in 2013. Massive challenges were overcome with proper planning and hard work. Although the company lost at least half its crops, the fall season is looking promising and the financial status of Green Planet has never been better.
KidZNotes is holding a Holiday concert this Saturday, December 17th, on the heels of a new partnership forged with the North Carolina Symphony. The concert coincides this month with performances by in-need children from organizations inspired by the world-renown El Sistema program in seven U.S. cities and 25 countries worldwide.
When: Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, 10:30 am
Where: Auditorium, Holton Career and Resource Center, 401 N. Driver St., Durham, N.C.
What: KidZnotes Holiday concert of 110 students, grades K-4, performing holiday favorites, sing-a-longs, and showcasing their talents.
The Venezuelan-borne El Sistema program uses the transformational power of classical music to help build new futures for children, targeting those who would otherwise be blocked by economic and social barriers. El Sistema graduates include Gustavo Dudamel, 30-year-old virtuoso conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The El Sistema program and those inspired by it have helped nearly 1 million children to date.
Duke University donates instruments to KidZNotes, and additional sponsors include Durham Public Schools, Durham Parks and Recreation, the Durham Arts Council, and the East Durham Children’s Initiative.
Established last year in East Durham, KidZNotes targets students from four low-income schools in Durham. They receive 10 hours of free music instruction each week. On Saturdays, the students come together for large ensembles and group instruction.
KidZNotes Executive Director and close friend of Dudamel, Kathryn (Katie) Wyatt, said the Holiday Concert is a great way to celebrate the season and show how people and local businesses can come together to strengthen a community and turn Durham into a world-class city.
“Kidznotes is not just music for social change for children, it’s also about the business community,” Wyatt said. “It’s about encouraging the business community to get behind its neighborhoods to foster an environment of social and economic growth.”
There’s a referendum vote tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 8 in Durham, N.C. Voters go to the polls to decide whether to build a new light-rail transit system designed to increase the city’s transit service and eventually connect it to Chapel Hill and Raleigh.
The outcome could determine a great deal – how the city grows as a job center and how it and its residents grow as a culture.
In the run-up to tomorrow’s vote, former Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening spoke at a Durham Chamber event on Nov. 2 at Duke Gardens. He was there as the head of Smart Growth America, an organization pushing for nationwide smart growth. Glendening said the country is at a pivotal time.
According to the governor, if our cities don’t employ plans for how we grow, they will experience lower productivity, higher inflation, and mandatory wage increases for workers faced with long commutes due to a lack of nearby jobs.
“Rebuilding the nation’s economies must be one of the defining acts of our generation,” he said, emphasizing a new vision of the future is at hand. “It must be front and center – getting the most out of private and public investments.”
The Triangle is fortunate to be in a time of both economic and population growth, Glendening said. But that growth also presents economic challenges and forces the Triangle to determine how to present itself in the future.
A sense of “place” is a city’s greatest asset, he said. It provides a sense of community and fosters an appealing environment that is a livable, walkable place to work and raise a family.
“Today, even in a recession, 45 percent of students think about where they want to live – then they look for a job,” he said. “Cities must compete to attract and keep bright workers.”
There are also financial ramifications to forgoing a plan.
According to research, the average American makes seven trips away from home each day, Glendening said. These commutes drive the average house prices outside of urban areas dramatically higher than they are on face value, he said.
The “Affordable Housing Index,” which calculates in transportation costs, shows real estate markets outside of greater city centers are unsustainable, he said. This unsustainability will create a vacuum when gas prices likely reach $10 per gallon, and entire regions will suffer.
The governor said the market is “ripe for investment in transit.” As of 2011, he said, 87 percent of transit ballots have been approved in the United States, and demographic information only points to that figure increasing. He anticipated that by 2025, 72 percent of households will be without children, taking into account young workers and the increase in the Boomer generation population.
Supporters say as many as 6,400 jobs would be directly created by the transit program.
So, tomorrow could mean many things. But, the choice comes down to how we want to live. Let’s hope people vote tomorrow and have a voice in how all this plays out.