We're All Neighbors
Good Neighbor Fest 2022 Recap
What would our community be like if neighbors from all different backgrounds could know, enjoy, and take care of each other? That’s the question we set out to answer with the inaugural Good Neighbor Fest.
North Austin Good Neighbor Fest was an experimental community event that brought together diverse local businesses, nonprofits, artists, performers and residents for an afternoon of connection and fun. It was organized by We’re All Neighbors in partnership with neighbor Jill Leberknight and her team at Austin Holistic Real Estate Group…and supported along the way by amazing volunteers from North Austin neighborhoods!
Throughout the festival, specific “connection areas” allowed neighbors to get to know one another and contribute to public art pieces. These included lawn games and connective tabletop games, a Wishing Tree where attendees could tie a ribbon around a tree to make a wish for the community; a postcard station where folks could make and write a postcard to local seniors; and a community discussion in the outdoor “Living Room.”
Several North Austin neighborhood associations had booths, along with nearly 50 North Austin artisans, restaurants, and nonprofits. And over 1,000 neighbors showed up!!
The goal of Good Neighbor Fest was to help unite our community across differences, celebrate our diversity, and showcase the many resources this area has to offer. We don’t see the festival as a one-time-event, but rather a jumping off point to explore ways we can be better neighbors to one another.
The festival could not have happened without the tireless efforts of many neighborhood volunteers as well as the partnership of Agent Jill and her team. Jill’s support of Good Neighbor Fest is a testament to the collaborations that are possible and the things we can accomplish when businesses, nonprofits, and residents all work together under the vision of “community first.”
Special thanks also to all our neighbors for all their help with the event and who graciously loaned backyard furniture to help create the Connection Areas at the festival!
What else is possible in our neighborhood if we join forces to meet our common needs and goals? Let us know your ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Erika Rich , Photojournalist + Commercial Photographer Jasmin Garay Photography Eric Scott Photo