The folks at Patchogue-Medford Library have two simple questions for anyone attending Thursday night’s Alive After Five in Patchogue:
- In what type of world do you want to live?
2. What are you going to do to help make that happen?
Laura Accardi, a library development specialist in Patchogue, signed the library up for The World We Want movement last year. Artist Amber Rae started the now-worldwide movement with a blackboard wall in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn in 2014.
Accardi has since been working on an 8-foot tall blackboard-surfaced cube that will be set up at the Capital One Plaza on Thursday.
On that cube people can fill in their own thoughts under these stenciled-in words:
I want to live in a world where …
To create this world I will …
“It’s just an uplifting movement and we’re so proud to be a part of it,” Accardi said, noting Alive After Five attendees will have the opportunity to jot down thoughts on 5×7, double-sided postcards as well.
(Check back Friday at greaterpatchogue.com for our five favorites.)
“So if this wall fills up, nobody’s going to feel left out,” she said. “And we are going to post them everywhere. We want everybody to walk away with a good vibe, that their voice was heard.”
This week’s street festival, which starts at 5 p.m. on Main Street and runs to 9:30 p.m., also happens to be themed “A Celebration of Diversity.” (It’s also the last Alive After Five of summer.)
Accardi discovered and joined the The World We Want with the help of Karen McCahey, the library’s community program coordinator.
“It’s a challenging time to stay positive, to stay inspired, and to stick together; to embrace differences,” said McCahey. “I think it’s a positive message; it’s an opportunity for people to express, publicly, the kind of world they want to live in and what they would do to create it.
“And it doesn’t have to be big things; it can be within your own community.”
Top Photo: The World We Want wall in DUMBO, Brooklyn, N.Y. Courtesy: The World We Want