Creative Ideas

Creating community with jazz

Imagining the Future for Old Vancouver
Breaking the Fourth Wall in the Downtown Eastside
Doing Business in the New World
Creating Connections and Community with Jazz

Making Room for Culture

Flexible forms of exhibition space for the arts – venues that are home to all forms of music, dance, theatre, and video art, – are not new. However, consideration should be given to the imaginative use not only of libraries, community centres, theatres, art galleries, museums, and concert halls, but of Canada’s heritage buildings and monuments. Here, as everywhere, human beings have created symbols of permanence, – legacies that endure and tell something of the story of those who came before. If the organizations operating these sites are willing to go beyond a conventional concept of their use, perhaps with the contributions of the community, much opportunity exists to place creativity at the heart of the community.

Buildings with Canada’s history embedded in their bricks and beams can be found across the country, and new initiatives should go far beyond the merely preservative. Much of Canada’s built heritage, with irs diversity of references to colourful stories, its stylistic distinctiveness, and the stability implicit in its survival, lends itself to the imaginative reuse in urban development. Turning heritage structures and sites into centres for cultural activity is only the most obvious approach; the careful integration of those structures into evolving cityscapes will add vitality and cultural resonance to urban planning, and could lead to intriguing collaborations between designers and conservation experts,
Max Wyman
from The Defiant Imagination