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The Village Building Convergence is an annual ten-day placemaking festival that combines crowd-sourced activism, creative community development, hands-on education and celebration.
City Repair's 11th Annual Village Building Convergence is taking place this year from May 27th to June 5th, with placemaking sites all over the city. If you'd like to know more about the VBC, read on here: http://vbc.cityrepair.org/
Come help us build the village! There are still open work trade shifts during the VBC waiting to be filled by you! Shifts are 4 hours long and except for kitchen prep at 1pm, most shifts begin when we open our doors at 5pm.
Shifts include everything from cooking and serving food, ticketing booth, selling t-shirts, recycling support, clean up...to event documentation...to roving cob repair superhero team...and more!
The Village Building Convergence is a bit like a conference, a bit like a festival, and a bit like a neighborhood improvement day. Of course, it is uniquely unlike any of those events, but if you are familiar with any of these types of events, you can start to understand VBC.
During the Village Building Convergence, a lot of work is done to directly improve spaces which the public either owns or has access to. Like a neighborhood improvement day, VBC projects make people feel more ownership of the place in which they live, and upgrade the functionality of the neighborhood in some way.
For the last ten years, we have worked with hundreds of projects all over the city. Projects are conceived, planned, and created through collaborative group participation and support from our core team of placemakers. The process begins for community sites in early February and culminates in late May, when the public event takes place and all the dreams that have been set into motion become a reality.
The VBC10 includes hands-on education in permaculture design and construction, ecological building, and public art. All projects are built through collaboration, community conversations and commitment of a neighborhood to strengthen itself. Everyone is invited to attend evening events at a central location, to participate in workshops or listen to visionaries speak about various aspects of sustainable culture.
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