2014: Year of Urban Ideas
2014: The Year of Urban Ideas
Urban Idea was founded in the late 1980s as The Urban Idea Centre of Winnipeg to “encourage and facilitate the exchange of ideas and opinions relating to the city, the quality of urban life and future possibilities.” Now managed by the Winnipeg Arts Council, Urban Idea focuses on the relationship between the arts and the public realm, seeking to broaden the community’s understanding of how the arts relate to urban issues and contribute to Winnipeg’s cultural development.
Over the course of 2014, Urban Idea undertook a series of events and programs highlighting the importance of art and design in city building. Hands-on activities involving professional artists engaging with community members, businesspeople, and policymakers discussed, and transformed, some of Winnipeg’s public spaces.
A day-long symposium called the Urban Idea Exchange brought speakers and engaged members of the public in thinking about public space in Winnipeg’s past, present, and future. The Creative Placemaking Challenge was a design competition where artists, designers, and members of the public created installations in the alleys and dray ways of the historic Exchange District. City Builders was a four-week camp for high school students to visit city facilities and engage with creative professionals in learning about the connections between the arts and the city.
Find out more about the 2014 Year of Urban Ideas at urbanidea.ca