On July 12, Creativity Cubed returned to Astor Place, collaborating for the first time with the Project for Public Spaces, to create a free participatory arts and educational intervention for children and adults, themed on neighborhood, placemaking and public spaces.
Visitors met and learned from urban planning and placemaking experts from the Project for Public Spaces, to discover how these disciplines can create thriving communities and successful urban centers. Adults and children put their ideas into practice at “We Built This City”, constructing a city using a wide variety of art materials and mediums. For example, transforming card stock into three-dimensional buildings and add architectural details with collage. We created bike lanes, roads, sidewalks and parks with colored tape and then added transportation with card and wood pieces. Experts were looking out for the most artistic and well-designed city!
At “Construction Paintings”, younger visitors created a large collaborative painting using construction tools and toys. They helped dump paint with a toy dump truck, and then shovel it with shovels; spread it around with toy trucks and more! This was truly any child's dream come true: making art with construction toys as the primary tools.
The Project for Public Spaces (PPS), headquartered at Astor Place, shared their global experience and knowledge with visitors, helping them learn and consider what makes a successful place. Visitors were taught how to see New York City in a new way with the PPS Place Game exercises, where they walked around the Astor Place neighborhood, observing, listening, analyzing and trying their hand at placemaking and urban planning by suggesting ideas for change.