Creative CityMaking seeks to provide artists and planners with new tools for community engagement and to develop new creative strategies for community planning. Artists have imagined and fabricated innovative tools to facilitate meaningful interactions between people and the environments they occupy.
Artist Ashley Hanson hopes to provide a “toolkit” to the City Department. She writes, “I hope that the City will find the community engagement strategies we have created and tested of use to their process. In one of the meetings we recently had, we were provided a provocative invitation, when the person we were meeting with said: “how great would it be if your work resulted in a complete culture shift – where it would actually become frowned upon to hold a “typical” community meeting.” The dreamer that I am, I instantly envisioned this world where organizers, planners, educators, etc. were all trying to out-creative each other in their meeting formats and engagement strategies. I am not sure how realistic this dream is, but it sure did make me smile and seem like a fun world to be a part of… We will see what we can do!”
Mobile Tracing Unit
The mobile tracing unit is a tool developed by Witt Siasoco to help document historic architecture and space in Minneapolis.
Artist Diane Willow created the FootCam to help understand how people connect on foot to and from locations near proposed light rail stations in Minneapolis.
Artists Wing Young Huie and Ashley Hanson, are using PopUp Galleries to share the work they are doing for the Penn Ave North SmallArea Plan back to the community. PopUp Galleries are galleries in unlikely places that combine photography, ping pong, karaoke, and performance.
Chalk Talk is a method developed by Creative CityMaking artists, Wing Young Huie and Ashley Hanson, to engage residents, business owners, students and other community members along Penn Avenue North through inspiring them to pose and reflect on a series of questions about the present and future of Penn Avenue North.