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Students Pitch Downtown Design Ideas to Mayor Bowman

June 12, 2018 3:16 PM | News

YouthStudio 2018

Grade 7-9 students from the Winnipeg School Division meet with Mayor Brian Bowman and Councillor Cindy Gilroy, chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Innovation, at City Hall as part of YouthStudio 2018 on Monday, June 11, 2018. (BRIAN BOWMAN / FACEBOOK)

A group of 30 Winnipeg middle school students met with Mayor Brian Bowman on Monday to present ideas for a temporary art installation to be built in the Spence neighbourhood this summer.

The idea is part of YouthStudio 2018, a pilot project designed to empower local youth to become stewards in their communities. The youth took part in a two-day crash course in landscape design and related topics at HTFC Planning & Design in May as part of their preparations. The students brainstormed ideas to activate a space at the corner of Sherbrook Street and Cumberland Avenue.

“These kids are incredibly creative and worked very hard, and it shows in their designs,” said Constantina Douvris, senior associate at HTFC Planning & Design.

“We’re excited for the city to see what they’ve come up with, and can’t wait to make their hard work a reality.”

The installation, which has yet to be unveiled, will be built later this month as part of the project.