This City V: Building Together
Crazy Dames with the Yellowknife Artist Run Community Centre
‘Building Together’ was an interactive public engagement project in Yellowknife that asked participants to share their visions for an inclusive city. Crazy Dames led an interactive workshop on inclusive and creative place-making and participants built a collaborative and immersive art installation. This project was rooted in community, with a large focus on community outreach to schools, city planners and other city staff and community organizations.
About This City V
In Yellowknife, a city of approximately 20,000 inhabitants, homelessness is undeniably disproportionate and affordable housing options are limited.
This City is an annual project by Yellowknife Artist Run Community Centre that invites artists to explore the complex issues within the city and find creative solutions to community building and activating unused spaces in the downtown.
YK ARCC invited the Crazy Dames to participate in the fifth annual year of This City to take over the former BMO space in Centre Square Mall. We proposed a project that addressed the theme of inclusion in the City.
For a week and a half in early October 2017, we invited Yellowknife residents to build together and explore the question – ‘what makes an inclusive city?’. This included a series of workshops (From Stories to Art) which asked residents to share stories about their experiences in Yellowknife and contribute to an immersive art installation that transformed the space and set the stage for further activation of the space.
We worked with many members of the Yellowknife community. Programming included:
- 7 school workshops on site, with an additional on-site visit to a school in Dettah, a Dene First Nations community located just outside of Yellowknife;
- 7 community drop-ins where members of the general public and community groups could create artwork (This included many local artists and the Yellowknife Association for Community Living);
- Community-led/artist-led workshops and events in the transformed space. This included:
Creative Planning 101
Our own Sara Udow, community and cultural planner, led a conversation on the role of creativity in planning communities.
Jennie Suddick led a book-binding workshop using recycled materials to create sketch books with community members.