Transit Columbus began the initiative “PlaceMakes:” two years ago – launching temporarily public space interventions fused with art and allowing people to experience public spaces especially city streets through a whole new lens. Such interventions include three “parklets” and the W. Cherry St. public space project.
The ‘UN-’discovered District is rapidly becoming ‘Discovered’ with two mixed-used housing developments completed; two coffeeshops; Blockfort a creative hub for artists and entrepreneurs; and a brewery slated to open in early 2017. The Discovery District still has many dis-invested urban opportunities – blank canvasses waiting to be reactivated with life art and play. This intentional intersection between arts culture and community revitalization will reinforce the neighborhood’s identity and sense of pride. The time is now to add ‘creative placemaking to help positively shape the social cultural physical and economic identity of this emerging neighborhood. While our vision focuses on two alleys we will also activate the entire neighborhood by strategically placing playful ‘creative placemaking’ throughout the neighborhood
Two goals exist for this project: 1. mix and match different creative disciplines in a unique way to create new connections between individuals and groups that may not otherwise work together; 2. become a ‘proof of concept’- enhancing overlooked public spaces to become permanent destinations that bring people together.
The funds would be used towards the production and exhibition of the artistic “islands” we’ll be launching (artistic supplies). should our team be selected to present the presenter will show a few sample “islands” that different teams have been working on. The project is aiming for three unique themes to be unveiled through the project timeline. The project will have both a permanent and ephemeral presence. The cultural experiences that people have in these spaces will manifest as “happenings” that last a short time frame be they physical activities gastronomic experiences or public performances. The more permanent experiences will be created by artists designers and architects and will manifest in the form of physical objects being created for spaces murals and sculptures that remain in the area and potential structures that become part of the visitor experience. These permanent experiences will be long lasting and integrated into the fabric of the Discovery District.