The end of a year is a time to reflect on those traditions which sustain us, our families, our communities, and our work amid opportunities and challenges alike. In 2019, NAC has offered views of Public Kinship to share our ideas and aspirations regarding how trust, leadership, and a keen eye for what unites us can help us to shape a future we all can share.
Here is one more vision for 2019.
The new movie about Mr. Rogers, "It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," offers us an intimate look at the power of neighborliness -- one rooted in an American culture of hospitality and feelings of belonging. Years after he departed the air, Rogers, a Pittsburgh native who entered millions of homes, remains a vibrant figure. His voice, his living room, his neighbors (including a few puppets!) -- all the facets of his personality and his vision came together to show us that our own voices and experiences matter.
He showed us that we can become who we want to be, and can help others to do the same. He did it in song, in conversation, in his public work, and by simply looking into a camera at each of us, and speaking to all of us as if we shared with him a personal bond that was renewed with every new day. Speaking to each while speaking to all: that is the essence of how Public Kinship emerges day by day, community by community.
From all of us at NAC, best wishes for a December filled with the joys of family, friends, and the harmony of the season. May it be a beautiful day in your neighborhoods as well. We look forward to sharing more with you, and learning from you, in 2020.