The arts are an integral part of city building.  Beginning in September 2014, City Builders will introduce young people to the ideas of city building and placemaking using the arts as the primary focus of exploration.  The program will provide young people with a window into how cities have evolved, how they function, and how art is an essential tool for interpretation and transformation.

City Builders will introduce students to the ideas of city building and placemaking,using the arts as the primary focus of exploration. The camp will give students a window into how cities have evolved, how they function, and how art and design are essential tools for development and transformation. The camp will be a combination of lectures, field trips, and workshops.

The City Builders Camp, a project of the 2014 Year of Urban Ideas, will provide 14-17 year olds with an introduction to the city and the arts.

Why this camp?
Cities are increasingly in the spotlight. The global urban population is increasing, roads and pipes are in need of repair, and cities are the hotspots for innovation and creativity. Artists throughout history have represented the urban landscape and urban life. They have also been instrumental in what is now called ‘creative placemaking’.

Sometimes how cities work can seem remote and complex, but we need citizens who are interested in exploring and understanding them. We hope that the City Builders Camp will inspire students to engage in creative placemaking and city building, with a better understanding of the city and the value of the arts.

The camp will include four modules, or investigations:
Investigation 1: History of the City & Built Form
Investigation 2: How the City Works
Investigation 3: Parks, Public Space, & Public Art
Investigation 4: Wayfinding, Map Making, and Graphic Design

These modules will complement curricula in art, history, social studies, drafting, civics, and geography. Each week will include a brief introduction to the topic, field trips, and afternoons spent learning new skills like model building, photography, and map-making. Instruction will be provided by local artists, design professionals, planners, and city experts. We are partnering with PLATFORM Gallery who will host a small exhibition at the end of the camp featuring the artwork produced over the month.

Each investigation will include four component parts:
• An introduction to the investigation topic
• A tour/outside time/exploration
• An introduction to a creative component
• Making/doing!

Specific activities
Participants will learn skills such as: building a model, mapping, photography, or drawing. Participants will also gain an understanding of their city (its history, architecture, infrastructure, and how it works), and their role in city building.

Investigations will be team-taught, pairing a city expert with an artist. Throughout the camp tutors will be available to help students with the skill building activities. Urban Idea is partnering with PLATFORM Gallery to coordinate and deliver this program.

When is the camp?
The camp will be held on 4 consecutive Fridays from 9am – 3:30pm on September 12, 19, 26, and October 3.

Where is the camp?
The camp will be based in the Exchange District, at PLATFORM Gallery (Main floor, Artspace, 100 Arthur Street). Many activities will be centered around the Exchange District, but there will be a few field trips by bus and by foot around Winnipeg.

What does it cost?
The camp is FREE! Applications are required (see download below). Lunch and snacks will be provided. Transportation to field trips is included, but transportation to and from the camp is the responsibility of the student.

Who should apply?
Students from across Winnipeg are invited to apply. Do you have an interest in the city, its history? How it works? How about an interest in art and design? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this camp is for you!

Related events
Students, their families, and their friends, are encouraged to participate in other events in September. These include Culture Days, Nuit Blanche, Winnipeg Design Festival and more.


City Builders Application Form (450 kb PDF)
City Builders Brochure (250 kb PDF)
For more information please contact Contact Dominic Lloyd, Manager, Urban Idea at the Winnipeg Arts Council 204-943-7668 or use the contact form on our website.