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In June, as a solution to youth apathy, Revolution United helped local teens produce their own art festival at The Project. This Saturday, as a solution to improve the local economy, the group is holding a "Ride and Shoot" scavenger hunt. (See info box for details.)
To participate, community members — many of whom, like Coates, learned about The Project through social media — will form teams and use alternative means of transportation to travel around the city. They will be guided into local businesses, where they will take a picture of themselves with a certain item that the business wants to showcase. Brooks said the event will benefit the community in multiple ways.
Ride and Shoot scavenger hunt
When » Saturday, July 13, 2 to 5 p.m.; awards and barbecue at 6
Where » The Project, 258 W. 700 South, Salt Lake City
Tickets » $10 per team (no limit on team size)
More info » revolutionunited.org
"It’s supporting local businesses by getting patrons in the door, it’s supporting the idea that Salt Lake City is bikeable, and lastly it builds community, it builds friendships," he said. "Those three reasons are enough for Revolution United to be behind it."
Brooks said that when he meditated on the idea of Revolution United, he knew it would be successful. He just didn’t realize how quickly his idea would be embraced.
"It’s difficult to sell an idea, especially these days. There’s so many ideas out there, there’s so many movements happening, and it’s difficult to step in and just be like ‘Here’s a new one, here’s another one, hopefully you guys take it on.’ "
Brooks said the beautiful thing about Revolution United is there’s no limit to what’s possible. Unlike other nonprofits that must cater to a specific goal, Revolution United is whatever the people want it to be in a given week.
"We can be in any sector, we can help any sector. I’m surprised the government allowed us to be an entity with Revolution United and how widespread it is," Brooks said before donning a sly, satisfied smile. "It’s an alternative to the systems that exist."
Despite their recent success, Brooks and the rest of The Project crew have no intention of becoming complacent. They’re looking to hold more events in their venue space, expand their clothing, printing and production companies, and continue to make Salt Lake City an ideal destination for young adults. Brooks said all it takes is a collaboration of ambitious and creative minds.
"Once you realize that you can build everything or design everything or how you can create pretty much anything, what else is there to do, you know, other than to create?" he said. "And that’s what drives me. That’s the only thing that drives me. And uniting people to create — that’s the highest level of humanity."
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