What About The Arts?

What’s the problem?

There are a lot of abandoned spaces in dowtown London. In fact, a recent study claimed that 31% of downtown space in buildings remains unoccupied. And London has a thriving arts scene, but a limited amount of venues to display the wonderful work that’s being done.

What kind of solution can we imagineAn Arts Centre in Citi Plaza?

Here’s a drawing of an abandoned area in Citi Plaza transformed into a public Arts centre that encourages local dance, theatre, music and visual arts. In an ideal world, an arts centre would revitalize Citi Plaza in a way its re-naming and re-design couldn’t do.

What might make this solution possible?

Well, consider what some Emerging Leaders Idea Salon contributors called “spontaneous space usage”. Supposedly downtown’s unoccupied spaces are only unoccupied temporarily, so why not put in temporary art exhibits, or transform an area into a temporary DIY theatre/dance/music space. This has been done before—in the former “Music World”, a group of students put together a temporary art exhibit about memory using old CD racks to display items in. It was awesome! If the owners of these spaces are shown what COULD be happening in these empty rooms, they’ll be more open to trying to give arts initiatives a permanent home on their property.

What do YOU think can be done to make this happen?


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by KNau on December 3, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I think Dundas east of Adelaide is a more interesting arts hub – in the sense that prices are affordable to the community, at least until those condominiums go up.


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