On Oct. 1st & 2nd, America Solidaria US collaborated with Chilean nonprofit Ciudad Emergente to carry out a weekend of community intervention at Unity Park in Adams Morgan, called Okuplaza Fest. The weekend was a creative way to temporarily transform the park into a more welcoming space for its neighbors. We decorated Unity Park with orange hammocks, children’s books for reading, paintings from local artists, board games, music, and food from local vendors.
The event was part of the “Crossing the Street” initiative organized by the DC Office of Planning, funded by the Kresge Foundation. Okuplaza Fest was one of the 15 projects the office is planning in District of Columbia to bring people together and explore how we can better experience our public space. The aim of Okuplaza Fest was to spark a conversation between Adams Morgan stakeholders and neighbors about why this space is important to them and how they can share it.
The neighbors and locals of Adams Morgan expressed the importance of diversity in the neighborhood, and their appreciation for the area’s cultural richness. America Solidaria took part in this initiative by helping organize the event with the Office of Planning, Ciudad Emergente, and Hola Cultura, bringing volunteers to help set up the canopy in the park to make it a welcoming space for all.
We had a great time and thank everyone who came out!