13 sketches (with accompanying essays) won ANOVA's 2020 grant to attend the annual ASLA conference in Miami. In response to the question "How will you as a Landscape Architect create long-term impact to improve the health and equity of your community?" I drew the above sketch and wrote this:
As a landscape architect, and as a citizen, I have decided to help my community by running for a seat on my local city council.
Twice a month, our council makes decisions about public land use, private development, and even tree species selection. When I attend meetings and present before community review boards, I always find myself wishing that someone with a landscape architectural background was on the other side of the desk. I am not content to wait and wish any longer.
Next year, when my town has it's election, I will campaign on my experience as an advocate for the health, safety and welfare of my community. I will advocate for cleaner air, healthier neighborhoods, and universal access to our shared spaces. I will campaign on landscape-architectural values.
UPDATE: Since I wrote this, I decided that city council is probably getting ahead of myself. I am, however, running for the PTA board. It's a start.
The award site is linked here with my bio: https://www.anovafurnishings.com/grants/asla/2020/winners/MattSickle