Constitution Park @ Fort Point Street, Norwalk, ct 06854

Norwalk

Norwalk, Constitution Park, Norwalk2.0, Rock 'n Renew, Urban Labs

Our Story
We envision a flourishing city.

Norwalk 2.0 is a hybrid economic development agency focused on public arts and creative placemaking – using arts, culture and creativity to engage residents locally, enhance public space and improve city quality of life. The idea behind this community development organization, founded by Maribeth Becker and Jackie Lightfield, is to utilize their professional backgrounds in marketing, technology and design to connect ideas with the people and organizations that have the resources to make them happen.

The Norwalk 2.0 mission is to engage residents, business and community organizations to work together and create an authentic, creative, economically diverse and sustainable future. With the goal of creating a flourishing city, the plan is to provide education and insights into supporting a new creative economy, organize events to encourage networking and the sharing of ideas, and promote organizations and initiative in the greater Norwalk community. Norwalk 2.0 is a flexible and nimble catalyst that initiates a wide variety of projects that engage a diverse group of community members.

We are ‘hi-tech’ and ‘high-touch’ believing that community engagement is best achieved using a combination of in-person and technical interaction. Norwalk 2.0 serves area residents, businesses and visitors.

Over five thousand people have attended a Norwalk 2.0 prject over the past five years. Norwalk 2.0 has produced public art events, community focused support with the After School & Beyond and Norwalk Resources web sites, Street Beautification plans, a city-wide public Fence art Project and data collecting through the Norwalk Listens Survey.c

Big changes start with little projects and every project starts with a team. For more information on how you can be involved in the next community project, donate or help Norwalk 2.0 get your journey started.

Why Norwalk 2.0?

A funny thing happened along the way to civic activism. We realized that there was no one entity that would gather ideas, raise money and empower people to solve issues that bureaucracies haven’t been doing for quite some time. So we started a different kind of organization to do just that. Norwalk 2.0 is more than just another non-profit, non-governmental agency. Norwalk 2.0 represents a new way of tackling big problems and the little details, and a pragmatic approach to getting things done. Norwalk 2.0 represents a reimagined future of Norwalk and its hundreds of neighbourhoods, powered by the hands-on agents of change, backed by brains, technology and vision. Be a part of the reevolution of Norwalk.

TEAM MEMBERS

Jackie Lightfield and Maribeth Becker co-founded Norwalk 2.0 in July of 2010. Norwalk 2.0 is a 501(3)c.For more info on the rest of the amazing team go to http://norwalk2.org/our-story/

Rock ‘n Renew is a non-profit focused on delivering the most effective environmental education possible to students of all ages through partnerships with some of today’s most important musicians. Utilizing the inspiring influence of Rock ‘n Renew’s talented artists helps to deliver mind opening relevance to this critical subject for students who are often physically and culturally removed from the need to protect the environment. Rock ‘n Renew works to connect students’ curriculum to many local community projects in an effort to restore local food systems and ecosystems .Our target areas of action —Energy, Ecology and Society— represent a three-pronged approach that urges conservation, promotes stewardship and recognizes collective action as the best way to protect our future.


We are gearing up to announce a call-for-artists as we begin planning a generative, interactive environmental monitoring and public art project called E.S.P (Extra Sensory Perception). The E.S.P art installation will be equal parts hack-a-thon, and public landscape art installation, mixed with some amazing projection mapping, sonification and data mapping technologies which translate the overall state of our local environment, how healthy the river is, how cold it is, how many fish have swam by today, how many trains have rolled through? All this data will be converted into easy-to-use artifacts for the 20 artists to use as another material in their creative process.
Artists will each recieve the same set of L.E.D lights, and wireless bluetooth speakers, and will have to incorporate these elements into their sculpture installation. Each artist will also recieve a Raspberry Pi or Arduino Yun mini computer, which hosts all the sensor technology that converts data into light and sound, and gives us the wide range of Graphical User Interface options, for the artists to play with.
The E.S.P installation will feature projection mapping of the various environmental and municipal data points into creative animation and generative video art, which will be projected onto the side of a very large and magnificent building on the waterfront, which will be revealed once we have finalized this last detail. Opening Night will be on Saturday April 21, and will feature a number of Rock 'n Renew bands, who will perform on top of the pink shipping containers, with the sculpture garden surrounding them, and the projection mapping display lighting up the backdrop of our wonderful city.
Stay tuned for more info on upcoming projects.

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