Urban Idea Exchange
Thursday, January 23, 2014
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
West End Cultural Centre (586 Ellice Avenue)

Throughout 2014, Urban Idea is undertaking a series of programs and events designed to highlight importance of the arts and culture to city building.  Kicking off the year in January will be the Urban Idea Exchange, a one-day symposium to explore how Winnipeg might adopt a Creative Placemaking Strategy.

Urban Idea believes that the arts are tied strongly to the notion of place, and that they can be strong drivers of social, economic, and physical development.  The Urban Idea Exchange is a forum to talk about creative placemaking as concept, as policy, and as practice.  Two keynote presentations will anchor the activities but participants will be fully engaged throughout the day by taking part in discussions, round tables, and more.

The UIX is aimed at anyone with an interest in art, design, and cities.  Artists, architects, landscape architects, academics, students, graphic designers, businesspeople, and government officials are encouraged to attend.  The event is free but registration is required.

Registration will begin in November by contacting the Winnipeg Arts Council at 204-943.7668 or info@winipegarts.ca.

About the keynotes:

Dr. Ann Markusen, University of Minnesota
Dr. Markusen is Director of the Arts Economy Initiative and the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Principal of Markusen Economic Research. In recent years, Markusen’s research and consulting has focused on artists, arts organizations, and creative placemaking. Her publications include “The Arts, Consumption, and Innovation in Regional Development” (2013), City Creative Industry Strategies: the State of the Art (2012), California’s Arts and Cultural Ecology (2011), and many more. www.annmarkusen.com

Dan Maginn FAIA, Principal, Eldorado Studio, Kansas City MO
Dan is a co-founder of el dorado inc and the eldo Public Space Studio.  The Studio is highly collaborative, and committed to the idea that thoughtful, well-considered interventions into urban environments have the potential to positively affect far a vast number of people.  In addition to architectural and public art projects, Dan writes Design-themed essays for DWELL and GOOD magazines and the Kansas City Star. He currently serves on the Board of the Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City.  www.eldo.us