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An upcoming Creative Placemaking workshop aims to help the city's artists, nature buffs, designers and planners work together to build awareness of and appreciation for Indy's rivers and creeks.

A mixture of national and local speakers is set to discuss concepts of creative placemaking with the goal of boosting Reconnecting to Our Waterways projects around the city. The workshop, which is to be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on April 19 at the Eitelljorg, is free and includes lunch and parking.

Indeed, ROW is eager to ignite innovative collaboration as it is stewarding a three-year $1.35 million Kresge Foundation grant to support creative-placemaking projects along our city's waterways. Round one proposals for Kresge funding are due May 1 and must be made through the ROW waterway committee that oversees.

click to enlarge Reconnecting to Our Waterways initial focus areas.
  • Reconnecting to Our Waterways initial focus areas.

At a recent ROW meeting at Old City Hall, members of the ROW collaborative provided an overview of some of the work that has been done - and has yet to be done - in one of the group's six phase one focus areas: White River/Eagle Creek; Eagle Creek/Lafayette Square; Central Canal/Midtown; Fall Creek/Mid-North; Pogue's Run/Near Eastside; and Pleasant Run/Southeast.

"ROW's approach to creative placemaking is to place artists and art at the heart of the neighborhood and community revitalization planning and project implementation," organizers noted in event promotional materials.

For more details on the workshop, visit ourwaterways.org. RSVP is required at rowworkshop.eventbrite.com.

Organizers also noted that the creative placemaking workshop can also serve as inspiration/orientation for people who want to enter Big Car Collaborative's next 5x5 competition. The next 5x5 theme is "re:Connect," inspired by ROW's "grassroots movement to leverage our waterways to strengthen neighborhoods and trigger opportunities for fun, culture, new businesses around our natural assets." 5x5 proposals are due April 27. The top five submissions will compete for a $10,000 grant to bring the plan to life. See 5x5indy.org for more details.


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