project leader
Austin H
393 Decatur Street
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the project

In December of 2017 and January of 2018, NPI partnered with Compost Fairy, Bridges USA, West Tennessee Urban Forestry Council, and neighborhood residents to plant over 100 trees at 5 contiguous vacant parcels that once contained dilapidated structures. We are currently in the process of getting the necessary tree labels and supplementary educational materials to apply for arboretum certification with the Urban Forestry Council. 


To build pride around this growing community asset, we'd like to engage a local artist to design and paint a sign that lives up to the natural beauty of this site subsequently building neighborhood pride and ownership of the arboretum. 

the steps

Step 1: Procure all necessary supplies and materials for the artist to paint the sign - COMPLETE


Step 2: Install paneling and sign materials in the tree garden


Step 3: Find time for the artist to come out to the site and paint the sign


Step 4: Share the success of the project with all sponsors and partners

why we're doing it

NPI's core mission to change the conversation around vacant and abandoned properties. We want to partner with local stakeholders to transform liabilities into assets. Researchers have shown that neighborhoods with maintained and cared for vacant lots, reduce perception of crime and increase overall quality of life for the residents living near these lots. That's why we do it. In disinvest areas you have to work hard to show people you truly care, and its that care that builds hope, trust, and ultimately collective action in our most vulnerable communities. 


Local Artist Stipend: $300                                                       

Project Subtotal = $300                                             

ioby Platform Fee = Waived                                                            

ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)= $9                           

Total to Raise on ioby =  $309


RAISED = $640.00
less ioby Platform Fee  waived
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $18.64

$621 Artist Stipend for four Garden Murals


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This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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