At that time, 75% of The Village’s current area consisted of vacant lots and abandoned properties. Over the years, Lily, Jojo, Big Man and countless neighbors transformed over 100 lots into art parks and gardens. Ten dilapidated buildings became studios and education centers.
These vibrant, awe-inspiring spaces declared the neighborhood’s inner beauty could become its external reality. The Village learned that people and place work in concert to help young people in our neighborhood imagine and pursue limitless possibilities.
Today, we are stabilizing and activating our existing parks and gardens, and embarking on exciting plans to renovate our buildings to serve for the next 100 years.