24-hour Food Security Data Mural Painting!

Well, we didn’t actually paint for 24 hours, but we did start the painting at 1:00 on Wednesday and finish at 1:00 on Thursday.  With volunteers each coming for two hours, we painted… Continue reading

Painting Begins on the Food Security Data Mural

Painting began!  With the help of volunteers from the Food Security Coalition, the Somerville High School Community Service Club, Tufts University and the Cambridge Health Alliance, we transferred the mural design to a… Continue reading

Senior Center Mosaic in Place

After waiting many months for the senior center mosaic to be installed, it’s finally been hung at the entrance to the Cross St building.  The members who pieced it together can now proudly… Continue reading

Tackling Adaptive Challenges

I’m not sure I’d heard the term “adaptive challenges” until this week.  But there they were, mentioned in nearly every session that I attended at the APHA conference.  The way it was described… Continue reading

Evidence-based Practice and Practice-based Evidence

We all love evidence, and everyone’s talking about data-driven decision-making, but what do we really mean when we say that we want to engage in evidence-based practice?  Whose evidence do we use? I… Continue reading

Visit Connection Lab at APHA

Connection Lab’s work with the Cambridge Food and Fitness Policy Council will be featured at a poster session at APHA, the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting in Boston. Come find us on… Continue reading

mural hurdles and headaches

What could stop a committed group of organizations from painting the mural that they designed months ago to raise awareness of food insecurity and food resources in Somerville?  Well… 1. It seems that… Continue reading

Outreach market mosaic

Access to fresh affordable vegetables, art and community-building all in one! Earlier in the summer we ran craft workshops at Somerville’s mobile farmers markets.  One of the projects was a mosaic sign that… Continue reading

A switchbox exploring the importance of art

Why bother with public art in a city?  I asked the participants of Saturday’s art walk why they think it’s important to have art in a city.  Their answers ranged from the political… Continue reading

Great Art Walk on Saturday

Saturday’s Art in Action event with the Somerville Arts Council and Shape Up Somerville was fun, with a good groups of friends and neighbors coming out to explore the public art of East… Continue reading