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Spring Event: High Point Market Garden Tour

Mark your calendars! On May 20th, Milenko will join friend of Pomegranate Center Mark Okazaki to return to the project they collaborated on over ten years ago. Hosted by Atlas Obscura, the “friendly tour-guide to the world’s most wondrous places,” Milenko and Mark will lead participants on an afternoon tour through the garden and share its history, as well as tell stories from their experience working with the local High Point community to design an amphitheater, pocket parks, shelters, and the community garden. Click here for more information and to buy your tickets.

Image of the Future Episode Six: Place Matters

In this episode, Milenko interviews Lynne Manzo, an environmental psychologist whose work in the field informs her teaching as Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at UW. Lynne brings to the interview a deep knowledge of the interrelationships between people and their physical surroundings, and imagines with Milenko a future that makes space for optimism, where we try to understand each other better rather than build walls between us.

 

Image of the Future Episode Five: Where Art Meets Democracy

On February 15th, Pomegranate Center hosted our first ever live-taped episode of the Image of the Future podcast. We took our experiment in democratic dialogue out of the studio and onto the stage in front of a live audience. To mark the special occasion, we invited two guests to join host Milenko Matanovic: Valerie Curtis-Newton is a professor in Acting and Directing and Head of Performance at the University of Washington and oversees the Hansberry Project, a professional African American theatre lab. Ben Phillips is a senior program manager for Citizen University. 

Milenko interviewed Valerie and Ben about what lies at the intersection of art and democracy, the tension that exists in public art projects, and what makes them hopeful about the future.

 

Project Update: Hawthorne Elementary

Here at Pomegranate, we’ve long believed that a school playground is more than a place for kids to run around at recess. It’s a community gathering place where kids connect with the outdoors through open-ended learning. We also know that the process of designing and building a playground is more than a construction project. It’s an opportunity to bring a school’s community together and create a rich platform for student learning and legacy.

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Image of the Future Episode Four: Not What we Have, but who we are

This episode features an interview with Ron Sher, the founder of Third Place Books and founder and CEO of Sher Partners, a family real estate development, management, and investment firm. Ron has long been active in the community with special emphasis on the role of urbanism and preservation of the environment.