Whether it’s nurturing a community garden, hosting a flash mob somewhere unexpected in your neighborhood, or contributing to a public mural, placemaking activities can help us feel that we belong to a place, and that the place belongs to us too.
Placemaking aims to strengthen the connection between communities/community members and the places and spaces we share. It refers to a collaborative process in which we can intentionally shape our public spaces and share their value.
This page will provide you with stories and resources from the network that place the work of arts and cultural organizations, artists, and cultural practitioners at the center of placemaking.
Arts & Culture Across Chinatowns in Canada
This video series explores how cultural and artistic groups in Chinatowns serve as essential influences in the post-pandemic ecosystem, with arts, culture, and placemaking firmly set as the foundation of rebuilding.
Placemaking in Chinatowns Across Canada with Steph Wong Ken
What is the role of arts and culture in Chinatowns?
Steph Wong Ken is a writer, activist, and community organizer. She shared with us reflections on working in and writing about Chinatowns across Canada and the complexities of relating one’s identity to a place, and placemaking as identity.
Artists are responding to the ways that Chinatown can be a vessel for identity and belonging but it can also be a vessel for displacement and reclamation.
-Steph Wong Ken
Placemaking and belonging with Long Time No See Collective
How do arts and culture in Chinatowns relate to community building, placemaking, activism, pandemic recovery, intergenerational dialogue, and community resilience?
During our chat with Long Time No See Collective, Rick Wong, Brenda Joy Lem, and Amy Shuang Wang shared about their latest community engagement project “Longing Belonging ✿ 100 Years 100 Stories” and the intention behind photographing and interviewing people in spaces that elicit sentiments of belonging.
More about the exhibition “Longing Belonging ✿ 100 Years 100 Stories”: Long Time No See Chinatown TO
The following articles, toolkits, and other resources explore what is placemaking and how placemaking contributes to regeneration—with examples and methods on how to cultivate new partnerships initiatives, and how to connect communities through public space.
What is Placemaking?, Project for Public Spaces
Creative Communities and Arts-Based Placemaking, Project for Public Spaces
Arts-based Placemaking is an integrative approach to urban planning and community building that stimulates local economies and leads to increased innovation, cultural diversity, and civic engagement.
Through an Indigenous Lens: A Shift From Placemaking to Placekeeping, Evergreen Brick Works
Placekeeping—an approach to city building that prioritizes ecological, historical, and cultural relationships in the care of ‘place’.
INsiders Artist Project, STEPS Public Art
STEPS invites community members to create temporary public artworks to animate the public-facing parts of their homes during a time of physical distancing.
Using Public Art As a Method for Advocacy
The Story of Our Stories: A Regional Community-Engaged Research Project, Thinking Rock Community Arts
A cross-Canada list of examples where groups are using green spaces and parks to inspire arts and culture activities.