IMPORTANT: the software platform used by the York Time Bank is priced by the number of members. This costs the time bank around $250 every six months.
The York Time Bank has received approval from the mayor to establish the Penn Street Art Bridge, a public art space on the bridge separating North and South Penn Streets.
Similar to self-organizing “Graffiti Alley” art spaces in Baltimore, Toronto, San Francisco and other cultural hubs,the York Time Bank is establishing the Penn Street Art Bridge to transform an ongoing offensive graffiti issue into a community asset by cultivating a space where budding urban artists are able to develop and display their craft in a legal and more positive and artistically rigorous environment.
The York Time Bank will work with local artists and art collectives to initially oversee the art space, which will eventually be self-directed with minimal oversight needed. At a later date, the Time Bank also plans to hold a free street art workshop demonstrating different painting techniques, and helping to encourage community participation in the public art space.
The time bank’s Team BEAUTIFUL is coordinating with local artists and other time bank members to do connect with neighbors and artists in the neighborhood, schedule the first “painting party” day, and flesh out the rapid response spray team. Also on deck is getting the art bridge’s website up, which will document the ever-changing face of the Penn Street Art Bridge.
Time bank members are encouraged to join Team BEAUTIFUL for regular updates and calls for participation.
Because teamwork makes the dream work, in addition to the one-on-one exchanges members can make, the time bank has a new Teams function made possible by the new CommunityWeaver3 software (which is LIVE! Go and enter your info at https://york.timebanks.org/ asap!)
Teams are groups of people who are interested in participating in group projects or organized efforts around specific issues, causes, or interests.
We’ve established the following Teams for the York Time Bank — which ones speak to you?
Team ANGELS: helping the non-technical access/participate in the time bank
Team BEAUTIFUL: public art, placemaking, and beautification
Team CARITAS: vital support in times of grief, crisis, hospice and end of life
Team CLOCKWORK: behind the scenes time bank admin and support — especially welcoming and orienting new members!
Team ELDERS: focused on seniors and aging in place
Team FUNTIME: event organizing, promotion and support
Team HEROES: focused on veterans, military families and first responders
Team KIDS: projects focused on kids & families
Team MOOP: focused on Matter Out Of Place
Team TASTY: focused on potlucks, picnics, and all things edible
Team TERRA: all things gardening, growing, farming and sustainability
Team TINKER: focused on repairing, building, making and modifying
Team VELOCIPEDE: bike repair, bikeshare program, all things cycling
Team WONDERLAND: focused on winter-related community projects
The time bank is in the process of switching to easier-to-use software (CommunityWeaver3). Setting up the software so that new members can join is being done as quickly as possible, although migrating existing profiles, hours and exchanges will take a bit longer.
After the new software is up and running, we’ll be doing a lot of outreach and new projects, as well as events, potlucks and picnics, so stay tuned!
On Monday the 13th at 7:30pm there’s a time bank meetup at Panera on Carlisle Rd (by Lowe’s) to figure out how to transform the Penn Street bridge’s graffiti problem into a public art project.
If this sounds like your kind of thing, RSVP to the Meetup here: https://www.meetup.com/YorkTimeBank/events/238336661/