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Riverworks in collaboration with artists of all mediums, stakeholders, partners and residents are working together to create a comprehensive art guide. This guide will steer creative placemaking projects for the Harambee and Riverwest neighborhoods and beyond.
What is an Art Guide?
Why an Art Guide?
As Riverworks continues community development in Harambee, Riverwest and along the Beerline Trail it is important to build a best practices guide for working with artists and residents. This guide will ensure community voices are being heard and creative placemaking projects are reflective of the vibrant communities we serve.
What is creative placemaking?
Creative Placemaking uses arts, culture and space to bring economic development to the community. We work with community residents, businesses and other stakeholders to build power within the community through the utilization of public spaces. Harnessing art and culture we build bridges across generations, cultures, ethnicities and neighborhoods. We seek to foster social cohesion through collaborations.
What is the project timeline?
Creating an comprehensive guide for art and creative placemaking projects in Harambee and Riverwest is no small feat and we need your help to create something intentional and impactful. As we continue to build our Art Guide Committee we will start facilitation events in the Fall of 2022. Through workshops and community input sessions our goal is to release this comprehensive documents for the community in the spring of 2023.
How can I get Involved?
There are a variety of different capacities to be involved in creating this comprehensive guide:
1. Take the Art Guide Questionnaire
2. Join the Art Guide Committee by filling out the contact form below
3. Attend community workshops and input sessions for the Art Guide (Dates TBD)
4. Share information about this project with a friend, neighbor, or artist who would be interested in contributing to its creation
"Equity, Green Spaces, and the Beerline Trail," Part 1 of a Four-Part Series
The Beerline Trail Neighborhood Development Project invites you to attend "Equity, Green Spaces, and the Beerline Trail" on January 19. Featuring keynote speaker Carol Coletta, this event will showcase how creating equitable community spaces increases the prosperity of communities. Carol Coletta is a national thought-leader on creative placemaking and equity. She is a senior fellow for the Kresge Foundation's American Cities Program, and is President and CEO of the Memphis River Parks Partnership, Following Carol's presentation, a panel of local leaders and creative placemaking experts will discuss equity and the importance of creating equitable spaces within communities. Panelists include Mayor Tom Barrett, County Executive David Crowley, Riverworks Development Corporation executive director Darryl Johnson, and Wisconsin DOT Secretary Craig Thompson. Prior to Carol's keynote, Julia Taylor, president of the GMC, and Darryl Johnson, executive director of Riverworks, will share an update on the Beerline Trail with the launch of a new Beerline video.
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