Your creative play is a gift to your city.
We all want to love where we live. I like to offer up the lantern parades as case studies in urban lovability. We need to achieve livable communities, but can we aim for lovable?
The lantern parades are visually beautiful and ridiculously fun. But there is something more. I hear, "It is so beautiful, it will make you cry." What is that? I say it's that those thousands of lanterns were made by the people carrying them. Your heart recognizes what is genuine and it soars. People look at you and your lantern and say, "I love Atlanta." When we lay down joyful shared memories together in a place, it is a blessing on that place. Your creative play is a gift to your city.
"Civic Play: The Ultimate Social Tonic"
"Civic Play with Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons: Skeletons, Gnomes & the Lantern Parade" August 2015 PLAY
"Creative Play as a Civic Gift" PechaKucha presentation
Atlanta Botanical GardensMonday, March 21 2016
"Chantelle Rytter’s presentation about civic play and the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade was the conference highlight for many. She proclaimed that “Creative play is a natural proclivity!” and “The lovability of our public spaces is up to us.” - Michael Halicki, Park Pride Executive Director
"Creative Play: Bicycle Parades Work as Bicycle Advocacy"
Macon Make-End Faire
"Your Creative Play as a Civic Gift"
Atlanta Maker Fair
"The Rise of Atlanta Streets Alive"
National Open Streets Summit
Congress for New Urbanism, Atlanta