Creative Art Projects to Fill Exchange District

Creative Art Projects to Fill Exchange District

Creative Placemaking Challenge

Ten creative arts projects will temporarily pop up in Winnipeg’s Exchange District on Friday.

Called the Creative Placemaking Challenge, the Winnipeg Arts Council and the 2014 Year of Urban Ideas is driving the projects to promote the role of arts and creativity in the development of cities.

The challenge puts the power of art to work using a lighter, quicker, cheaper approach to neighbourhood development, creating interactions between people and their surroundings.

Installations include swings, sailing, singing and others to occupy a half dozen alleys and driveways between Princess and Albert Streets, north of Notre Dame and south of Bannatyne Avenue.

Similar projects have appeared in cities like Melbourne, Seattle, and Portland. The idea is to imagine, and then to realize, artistic projects that demonstrate how embedding art into the street, even temporarily, can transform neighbourhoods and make spaces into places.

The installations will be up from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.