In the Community + PARK(ing) Day NOLA

(PARK)ing Day Nola 2015 Set
for Friday, September 18

PARK(ing) Day Nola is coming and we wanted to share a little about the origins of Park(ing) Day, plus highlight some of last year’s projects.

Origins of PARK(ing) Day

PARK(ing) Day is an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists, and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places.

The project began back in 2005 when a San Francisco art and design studio, Rebar, converted a single metered parking space in downtown San Francisco into a temporary public park. Fast forward 10 years, and PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement. Many organizations and individuals follow the same guidelines that Rebar set in 2005, creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.

The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat…at least until the meter runs out!*

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Rebar’s original PARK stood in place for two hours – the term of the lease offered on the face of the parking meter. Rebar fed the meter in order to legally lease the space for the two hours that they transformed the space into a PARK.

New Orleans PARK(ing) Day

The Downtown Development District (DDD), invites all Downtown residents, workers and business owners in celebrating PARK(ing) Day NOLA, Friday, Sept. 18 from 10am to 4pm. Several creative design teams and their concepts will transform metered parking spaces into temporary public parks. Click here to see photos of previous PARK(ing) Days in New Orleans. Several metered parking spaces scattered throughout Downtown New Orleans will be transformed into “parklets.” Many talented local artists, designers, architects, urban planners, and local activists submitted design proposals to be constructed for this year’s PARK(ing) Day NOLA. Click here to download the map of the various installations.

Growing Conversation,
Where Y’Art PARK(ing) Day Nola 2014

For 2014 (PARK)ing Day Nola, Where Y’Art created an interactive sculpture, Growing Conversation. Our team posed the question, “What sources feed the soul of New Orleans? How do we give to our community collectively and as individuals?” Team Where Y’Art discussed this question amongst ourselves and identified 15 concepts to begin the conversation.

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Growing Conversation was created by a group of Where Y’Art members with all 15 panels assigned to an artist. Each chose a concept, and then created & produced a panel that exemplified the chosen sentiments.

Team members include: Catherine Todd, Caitlin WaughTish Douzart, Darcy Culp, Kurston Melton, Jeremy Paten, Collin Ferguson, Joe Lopez, Mike Williamson, Saegan Swanson and Anne Cassidy.

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On the reverse side of each panel, the word ‘Thrive’ was painted with chalkboard paint. Community members were then encouraged to grab a piece of chalk and join the conversation.

Passersby were invited to interact with the sculpture by adding their thoughts on the concept: “What do communities need to thrive?”  All parts of the sculpture had interactive components including musical instruments, 3D glasses, essential oils and more.

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Growing Conversation, a community repository, is much more than a PARK(ing) space. It is an exchange of dialogue between neighborhoods, neighbors, and residents that we anticipate to grow and change as it makes its way through the web of communication.

After the twelve hour show, Growing Conversation relocated. The idea is to have the sculpture travel, posing the question, “What feeds the soul of New Orleans?” and capture the thoughts & voices of a diverse community.

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The DDD invites everyone to venture out on Friday, September 18, 2015 and see what this year’s PARK(ing) Day projects are all about. We will see y’all on Julia Street!

Where Y’Art (PARK)ing Day NOLA 2014

Engage. Write and Grow the Conversation.
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