The second stream is my love for helping people look with fresh eyes at the common places around them–those things that because of their familiarity and proximity become invisible. In 2006 I worked on a personal project called Day in the Life of Worcester, where I daily posted a photograph of what I found interesting in Worcester County. As a Worcester transplant, I attempted to show the natives that Worcester was a better place to live than they may have thought.
From these two streams came the idea to help people see the many green spaces in Worcester by adding an element of grace and beauty to scenes that are too often overlooked. I strongly believe in the importance of urban green spaces and environmental justice (see Why Urban Parks Matter), and this is my small attempt at shining light in a creative way.
I am grateful to Erin Stomski for her invaluable assistance on this project pushing it to the next level of professionalism, to the dancers who have come out of the woodwork (out of the internet, actually!) to volunteer their skills, and to Emily Stomski for her video work and extra eyes.