Community Canvas: Vermont's Town Meeting Day Illustrated with Piccles

Jon Zajac
Jon Zajac

Jon is Cofounder & Chief Product Officer at Piccles

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Town Meeting Day Vermont
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Introduction to Town Meeting Day Vermont

Town Meeting Day Vermont is a time-honored New England tradition that takes place on the first Tuesday of March. It's a day of local democracy where communities come together to discuss and decide on municipal and school district budgets, community issues, and various local offices. It's marked by a sense of civic duty, community engagement, and the unique New England spirit of participatory governance. The day celebrates local communities' commitment to their shared values, responsibilities, and the power of the collective voice.

Piccles: A New Way to Celebrate

Piccles provides a fresh and creative way to complement the celebration of Town Meeting Day Vermont. As an online platform that brings people together through the joy of drawing, Piccles adds an accessible and fun element to this traditional holiday. It enables everyone, regardless of artistic ability, to contribute, share, and express themselves. The digital art created through Piccles offers a unique form of celebration and expression that highlights the communal atmosphere of Town Meeting Day Vermont.

Connecting Town Meeting Day Vermont with Piccles

Piccles can become an integral part of Town Meeting Day Vermont by encouraging participants to visually share their thoughts and ideas about their community. Before or after town meetings, people can use Piccles to draw what they love about their community, their hopes for the future, or important issues they want to address. These drawings can then be shared with attendees, fostering a greater sense of connection and understanding. Piccles enables people to leave a colorful, digital footprint that captures the spirit of the day and can be revisited in future meetings, creating a new tradition that blends local governance with digital community art.

Certified fresh Piccles prompts

  1. Drawing Local Landmarks: People can draw their favorite local landmarks, fostering a sense of community appreciation and pride.
  2. Artistic Voting: People can draw images that represent their vote on town issues, encouraging creative civic engagement.
  3. Community Picture Contest: Organize a drawing contest to engage people creatively during the meeting whilst fostering community spirit.
  4. Town History Drawings: People can draw important events from the town's history, promoting a communal understanding of local heritage.
  5. Improve Our Town: People could draw ideas for improving the town, kick-starting discussions and possible implementations.
  6. The Faces of Vermont: People could draw portraits of each other to establish stronger connections within the community.
  7. Future of the Town: People can draw how they envision the town's future, encouraging community involvement and planning.
  8. Draw Your Neighbor: This activity could help people know each other better, encourage dialogue, and strengthen community bonds.
  9. Draw Town Meeting Experience: People can draw their overall experience of the meeting to share their feelings and create a collage of the day.
  10. Environmental Issues Art: People could draw local environmental topics to raise awareness and prompt discussions.
  11. Draw Your Town Pride: By drawing what makes them proud of their town, people can discover shared values and interests.
  12. Mindful Meeting Moments: By drawing a relaxing or mindful moment, people can relax, feel included and promote mental wellness.
  13. Draw Your Hero: Drawing local heroes can recognize community members who significantly contribute to the town.
  14. Town Signature Dish: People could draw their favorite local dish as a fun way to celebrate local cuisine and culture.
  15. Vermont State Symbols: Drawing Vermont state symbols can educate and create a deeper appreciation for state identity.
  16. Seasons in Vermont: Drawing different seasons can evoke feelings of shared experiences and evoke town pride.
  17. Kids Vision of Vermont: Encouraging the young ones to draw can give insight into their perspective of their town.
  18. Pets of Vermont: Highlight the town's animal companions through drawing, bringing joy and fostering community connections.
  19. Draw Your Profession: Drawing one's profession helps highlight the diversity of jobs and roles in the town.
  20. Draw a Local Event: People can share their experiences and engage others by drawing a local event they attended.
  21. Vermont Wildlife: Highlighting Vermont's diverse wildlife through drawings can boost environmental education.
  22. Draw Your Garden: A fun way to share gardening tips and favorite plants within the community.
  23. Town Traditions: Replicating town traditions through drawings can reinforce community identity and continuity.
  24. Draw a Book Scene: Share favorite books or scenes through drawings, fostering a communal love for reading.
  25. Roadmap To Better Meetings: People can draw their ideas for improving town meetings, facilitating better organization and enjoyment in future ones.