What is the Let Equality Bloom 2018 - Power to the Polls Festival?  

A get-out-the-vote and community empowerment festival anchored at O.N.E. Community Center and expanding to surrounding spaces both indoors and outdoors, throughout the Old North End of Burlington, Vermont.. Along with our Youth EMPOWER leaders, we are showing our #PowerToThePolls by throwing an Activist Festival that features guest speakers, live music, performance art, interactive workshops, group art projects and of course - voter registration. Our goal is to equip both voters and community members with the skills needed to make an impact in their local community as well as neighboring communities, in a joyous and engaging setting.

Details:

The festival is a two-part event, beginning at noon and ending at 8...

  • Noon- 4: Free activist and empowerment workshops, group art, yoga, KidsZone, venues throughout the Old North End

  • 4-8pm: Speakers, performances, food trucks, DJ’s, all at O.N.E. Community Center (20 Allen Street)

Who are the organizers?

Women’s March Vermont

Who are the sponsors?

Main Street Landing

Planned Parenthood Vermont Action Fund

Mamava

Brooke Fischer

Hotel Vermont

Who are the speakers?

Christine Hallquist, Democratic Nominee for Governor of Vermont

Rep. Kiah Morris

MaryAnn Songhurst, youth activist and junior at Montpelier High School

Mackenzie Murdoch & Clancy Talbott, youth activists

Who is performing?

What are the workshops?

Follow this link to see our full lineup of workshops, times, and locations.

How far are the locations from one another?

The longest walk (from O.N.E. Community to Roosevelt Park) is 10 minutes. Getting anywhere else should take 5 minutes or less to walk leisurely.

Is this event kid friendly?

YES! There is a designated KidZone at Roosevelt Park with FREE lunch for the under 18 crowd (NOON - 2:30 or as supplies last), face painting (2 - 3:30), book nook, SunCommon solar bubble machine, games by The Big Blue Trunk, and more!

I’m a nursing mom, will I have somewhere to pump?

Yes! There will be a lactation tent provided by Mamava at Roosevelt Park.

Will there be food?

Starting at approximately 4pm at O.N.E. Community Center (20 Allen Street), A Single Pebble -Classic Chinese Cuisine Food Truck, Luiza's Pierogis and Sisters of Anarchy Ice Cream will be there to make our festival delicious!

Will there be beverages?

¡Duino! (Duende) will be providing bar services inside the auditorium from 4-8pm.

Do I need to register myself or my group?

Registration is not required but will help us communicate any potential changes with you and will allow us to provide updates. It will also help us with safety and accessibility planning. You can register by clicking “going” on our Facebook event page and/or registering through Eventbrite.

What are the transportation/bus parking recommendations?

  • Parking: There is plenty of free street and lot parking in the Old North End. Please follow this link for other parking options in downtown Burlington.

  • Public transportation: Please follow this link for available public transportation options.

What accommodations are available for ASL or people with disabilities?

  • During the main performance time at O.N.E. Auditorium (4-8pm, 20 Allen Street), areas to the right of the stage will be ADA designated. We will have volunteers to assist wheelchair users and those requiring mobility assistance with accessing this area.

  • An American Sign Language Interpreter will be at the festival during the performances and speeches.

  • Limited seating will be available at the event. We have made every effort to provide an adequate volume of chairs for those who need to sit. Due to the volume of attendees, these chairs will be first come first served.

Can I bring my pet?

For the safety of your pet, we are asking that you only bring service animals needed for accessibility.

Is this event going to be safe?

There are going to be volunteers onsite to help participants locate various events throughout the day and to help with general safety. We have also hired a private security team to make sure everyone is safe. They will be on site for the second half of the festival at the main performance site at O.N.E. Community Center.

How do I identify volunteers and organizers?

Volunteers can be identified by those wearing pink vests and/or pink armbands; organizers will be wearing black with green armbands.

Where can we put our trash from the event?

There are going to be trash and recycling cans at O.N.E. Community Center and workshop venues but we are highly encouraging people to carry out what they carry in.