We’ve Evolved – RIP civicside

We’ve Evolved – RIP civicside

There comes a time in an organization’s life cycle where we must step back and evaluate progress and direction. We made a commitment long ago to never stop learning. And to always ensure our time and resources are being used wisely. For those who have been following us since inception, you know us as “civicside” – the community crowdfunding website that launched to crowdfund community projects in Acadiana. While we enjoyed our time in the crowdfunding arena, we quickly realized that other websites like Kickstarter and GoFundMe were entirely more robust, and we couldn’t (and didn’t want to) compete. We found our time was spent maintaining/building a website, rather than helping citizens pursue projects for the community. For those who know us best, you know that encouraging citizens to pursue passion projects always came first above anything else.

After 3 years of successfully crowdfunded projects, we learned the uniqueness and challenges associated with citizen-led projects. We learned that citizens need not only financial backing, but also a team of friends, decision makers and expertise to push their idea along. We felt discouraged watching citizens struggle to get good ideas off the ground, but knowing there was a better way.

Then came the 24 Hour Citizen Project.

It was a concept that encapsulated everything we learned as “civicside” the crowdfunding website, and was a recipe for sparking action. Like all good recipes, they deserve to be tested over and over again. We’ve done just that over the last two years, and feel that after two successful events in July 2016 and July 2017, the 24 Hour Citizen Project is here to stay. In this decision, we’ve also found a new identity. We’re no longer a crowdfunding website. And rather will now focus efforts solely on the 24 Hour Citizen Project so that citizens can continue to have a platform and incubator for community ideas.

So, we’ve evolved. And so will our name. We’re now the 24 Hour Citizen Project (24HCP), and no longer civicside. While we’ll always be grateful for our civicside experience, we’re excited to finally have found our identify- The 24 Hour Citizen Project.

Love,
The 24HCP Team

Art Wall Update #3

Art Wall Update #3

Dear Community,

We’ve found ourselves a little backed up given the weather situation over the last couple of months. Who would have thought we’d experience rain for the basically all of December? Follow that up with two hard freezes, a cracked pipe, and brutally cold wind to buff walls. Well then, my community, you have yourselves our starting point. But we’re not going to let the weather hold us back any longer!

We’ve starting prepping the walls. Our first artist has sketched her first lines, our visiting artist, Nicky Davis, will be painting from February 22-26, 2018 due to Mardi Gras rain delays. All other local artists have met with the project director and have even raided her paint stash ;-). Now that the weather is leveling out we aim to have these murals completed in no time at all. All 24 Hour Citizen Project funds have been expended at this point. Our hard deadline is 2018, but we anticipate that everything will be completed by April 2018 – in time for Festival International.

Susan David (Team Leader)

Bus Stop Update #3

Bus Stop Update #3

Dear Community,

Since we embarked on the necessary mission of putting a cover at every bus stop, the community has backed this effort. We now receive pictures of people waiting for the bus in the elements including the hot sun, rain and cold wind. It is heartbreaking. And more and more people are taking notice and refusing to accept this for our own community. We had our first Citizen Bus Stop Task Force meeting a little over two years ago, when there were much less people taking notice or looking to get involved to address this issue. We spent this time learning, listening and understanding how our transit system works, where bus stops are located, how many shelters we already have, how we get more, what they cost, how they are installed and what issues are preventing shelters at all stops. Sometimes, we learned it’s funding. Other times we learned it was right of way issues. But because of citizens like you, through the 24Hour Citizen Project, we had $5,000 to get to work, while we were listening, learning and understanding.

What we had was the ability to not only create a more affordable bus stop that takes up less right of way, but because we took the time to understand the bus system, we could create a better bus stop. We teamed up with local artist, CeCe Cole and local architect and artist, Joel Breaux and designed a lean, replicable, sustainable, creative, safe and durable bus shelter. The $5,000 grant will go to the research and development and building the first prototype to be installed with LCG Public Works to test in the elements and adhere to all of their safety requirements. We are nearing the sourcing of the components we need to construct that prototype. However, in the meantime, we will be hosting another Citizen Bus Stop Task Force meeting in March. All are welcome.

Kate Durio (Team Leader)

MIBRARY Update #2

MIBRARY Update #2

Dear Community,

Since our last update, Team MIBrary has made tremendous progress. We have an official location: the Downtown Lafayette Public Library! Our launch date is forthcoming, but we anticipate late spring or early summer 2018.

To date, Team MIBrary has collected 2 fiddles, 2 guitar amps, 1 classical guitar, 2 acoustic guitars, 5 electric guitars, 1 lap steel guitar, 3 keyboards, and 1 snare drum all through donations. We’ve learned a better approach to receiving donations: ask people directly! Our instrument drive posted in our last update did not go so well, but when we asked our personal friends and family, people really stepped up and donated many instruments!

We have not used any of the funds from the 24 Hour Citizen Project yet, but should we not be able to obtain electronic drum kits or accordions through donations, we will purchase these. We are also going to communicate with other libraries who lend out musical instruments to have a better idea of if we should set aside funds for maintenance and repair of the instruments.

We are extremely excited to see the project come to fruition. We are hopeful that our next update will include our launch date–or perhaps details from it already being launched!

Ryan Cazares, O.D. (Team Leader)

Pop Up Theatre Update #2

Pop Up Theatre Update #2

Dear Community,
I am pleased to present this update for Pop-Up Kids Theater, a theatrical program for at-risk children ages 6-12 in the Lafayette area. The Facebook page is created, published and now active under the name PopUp Kids Theater. After some consideration, I decided to table the website for now and just concentrate on social media outlets such as Facebook and Instagram.
We will have forms available for Media Permission from all children that will be represented in the project. The AOC team will be video-taping some of the shows for TV viewing.
I have been in negotiations with Melissa Dalcour from Girard Park. Our original plan was to utilize Girard Park as a  starting place for the project. After discussion with the park, the cost of a room for one morning from 9am-12pm would be $400 (which is at a discounted rate). I have decided that is way too much money for our budget right now.
That said, I decided to explore other options. I met with Kristine Newman, a founder of New Hope Development Center of Acadiana (http://newhopelafayette.org/ )on January 19, 2018. Along with her husband John, they have created a tutoring center for at risk children. They also have a summer program beginning in June for 6 weeks. After touring the Center and meeting with Kristine, I have decided to introduce the PopUp Kids Theater to the summer program starting this June 2018. We will meet every Friday from 9am-12pm as part of their summer program. This is a good fit for our project and the New Hope Center. This will keep our cost down and be able to concentrate on the project itself, bringing the arts to kids! We are excited about this partnership and I think this will help with both of our successes.
Huge thanks to Butch Roussel for the introduction to New Hope! I continue to be in contact with the volunteers and plan a meeting in early March to discuss our progress. If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to reach out through our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Popupkidstheater/.
Thank you,
Danielle Moroux (Team Leader)