More than a dozen brave community members jumped onstage at Stoke to share their passion projects to help improve Denton, during the annual Big Ideas creative mixer Thursday night.
What started as a backyard event hosted by Kevin Roden in 2011 when he was a Denton City Council member has grown to an annual event.
“Several years ago, like many of you here,” Roden said, “I had the concept that Denton is full of potential — the ingredients we have in Denton when you think of the number of platforms that Denton has upon which people can create things and opportunities for themselves and others, and really create and paint a community and culture we’re interested in.”
The event encourages people to chat afterward as well, so people can team up to work together on the ideas they heard that piqued their interest. This year, ideas ranged from community building and artistic opportunities to how to improve livability for young families.
Here are some of the most interesting pitches we heard at the event.
‘Should I Recycle It?’
Jeff Glatz pitched this idea in front of images of heaping piles of trash throughout the world, explaining how trash is taking over the planet.
He also referenced a growing problem in Denton with people being reluctant to recycle after a postcard sent to residents confused some folks about what they can and cannot recycle.
This idea is for a phone application where eventually users would be able to take photos of items and then be told whether they should recycle it or not.
Community block party
South of the Square, there’s a “cool cultural corridor” that Georgina Ngozi, executive director of the Greater Denton Arts Council, wants to show off.
She’s hoping to launch a community block party that would last all day and be a kickoff for getting a cultural arts district in town.
The event would help encourage people to learn more about GDAC, as well as neighbors like SCRAP Denton and the museum inside the Denton Central Fire Station.
After starting and one year later having to close Blue Bag Market in Denton, Jacob Moses still sees a community need for fresh produce and food accessibility downtown.
A co-op is a way to distribute food to members where people pay for memberships or work in exchange for fresh produce and other goods the co-op members agree to stock.
With hundreds of apartments in the downtown core, the need for a walkable grocery option is more important than ever, Moses said.