The first UP-START community kiosk is complete!
UP-Start grant awardee Pamela Simons helped produce an artful, community-centric kiosk in the Upper Peninsula where neighbors and organizations can share key info. The goal is to offer on-the-ground, street-level ways to access news for the neighborhood that is not computer or web dependent.
The first community kiosk is located at the intersection of Meeting, Morrison, and Mount Pleasant Streets in the Upper Peninsula.
The kiosk is an 8 ft hollow triangle designed by Charleston architect Aaron Bowman. Its three sides have different functions — to communicate, to share information, and to offer books. The “Free Little Library” (a first in the Upper Peninsula) features nine themed mailboxes for newsletters, books, and community fliers. The second side has cork board for posting signs and fliers, and the third side is a chalkboard for aspiring artists or hand-written notes.
The kiosk is a place for helpful neighborhood and City information, events and activities. All are invited to post and share resources here. like when your monthly Neighborhood Association meeting is, who to call if your landlord skimps on heat and who your City Council rep is. Civics 101!
The team includes Charleston architect Aaron Bowman, designer and builder Paul Gibson of Cline Homes, Charlie Letts, a regular volunteer builder for Enough Pie and a nearby resident in North Central, and Chandler Threatt, a West Ashley High School sophomore who volunteered to be sous-carpenter. Once the structure was built, the EP Team with UP-Start creator Pamela Simons painted it, and Brittany Bates hand painted the signage and lettering.
The Upper Peninsula has its first Free Little Library — 9 mailboxes stocked with an array of books in the following categories: romance, mystery/science fiction, history, cooking, young adult, children’s, magazines and community fliers. Community members are invited to donate gently used books to stock the mailboxes now!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.