Where we live is fundamental to human identity and well being. Schools, shelters, churches, institutional residences and urban and suburban neighborhoods express the ways in which the social and economic ideas of home combine. The participation of each individual is essential to the creation of a community. “It Takes a Village” is an interactive project that asks each person to imagine the concept and reality of “home”. Creating a home out of clay invites the participant into a collaborative endeavor that will be used to illustrate community and individual identity. Vines, roots and plants from Connecticut will further emphasize how communities are bound collectively, by people and the homes they live in. The installation will bring people of Ct. together in collaboration to express their personal and universal aspirations. The actual installation will include all the houses created by those in different groups and settings within our community. Empowering the residents of homeless shelters, hospitals, institutions, fairs and parties are of particular relevance given the recent economic and storm events in our state.