Who better than our neighbors to the north to step out into the cold and prove that despite the weather, long nights and even a longer COVID season – with a little creativity, you can still garner health and connect in community. Projects for Public Spaces (PPS), posted examples of braving the outdoors in their article, “Winter Placemaking During the Pandemic: Six ideas from around Canada (Dec. 2020).”
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Creating In Place
Projects for Public Spaces (PPS) is coming out strong as a leader in connecting community and creative placemaking. Link to their most recent post, Creative Communities and Arts-Based Placemaking – illustrating examples of how the arts can make a difference in your community.
Form + Function in Communities
A new design has surfaced that engages signage, lighting and much more within the pedestrian walkways in the U.K. Read the full article on The Crosswalk of the Future, posted by Adele Peters, FastCompany (Oct. 2017).
The Call to Create
Anais Nin, essayist and famous for her diaries published in 1960 shares her perspective on why artists create in a short video clip, Why I Write (2:00) shared during a 1974 radio series, produced by KPFK 90.7 FM, in Los Angeles.
Investing in Creativity
Joe Berry is Vice President for Entrepreneurship with Greater Owensboro Economic Development in Northwestern Kentucky stated that “…Creative placemaking is the marriage of the arts and economic development. When you have a localized arts and culture –you have something that no one else has… an environment that is different than anywhere else.” Learn more about his interview with Pilar McKay on behalf of Next Generation Rural Creative.
Offer the Unexpected
Rainworks (video 2:00) encourages whimsy in the shared spaces. See how this inexpensive treatment can bring inspiration and wonder to the streets in your city.
Streets are for____?
Project for Public Spaces (PPS) released a video (3:15) on the streets as places resource page that allows communities to re-envision the role of the street that engages and connects community and visitors alike.
Richard Rogers, offers his thoughts on public spaces stating, “When public spaces are eroded, our civic culture suffers, even our democracy.” Read his full article, on these honored spaces posted by CNN Style (Nov. 2016).
Thinking About Public Spaces