A long-term initiative using placemaking principles and creative arts to encourage community use of public spaces.
The Place Activation Program evolved through 18 months of community consultation, mapping themes and potential projects. More than 50 ideas were put forward by the community, with a priority placed on North Bundaberg following the floods of January 2013. The Place Activation Program has developed over the last couple of years through a number of projects.
Place Activation at Creative Regions means utilising creative people and innovative town planning practices to design vibrant, livable spaces. It is about targeting areas of the Bundaberg Region that are not well utilised by the community or are perceived to not be the better places to visit, live in or do business. Through engaging creative people and planning principles in conversation with the community, these spaces can contain projects that challenge these perceptions, reflect the spirit of the place and its people, and ignite a sense of community pride and belonging.
Creative Regions’ Place Activation philosophy is developed around the following key principles:
- Genuine community engagement and participation, remaining responsive and adaptive to community needs;
- Telling stories of place;
- Artist-led engagement;
- Fostering innovation in others; and
- Promoting artistic quality.
The following projects have been implemented since the program began in late 2013:
- Damein Aidon’s Sustainable Graffiti Project – December 2013
- The Simple Pleasures Project with artists Carl Wockner, Christine Turner, Craig Walsh, Bronte Young and production by Associate Media and Creative Regions – April 2014
- Flicks on the Bricks – November 2014
- Take It To The Streets – March-May 2015
- ReSTAMPED – October 2015
- The North Bundaberg Suburb Blitz – March-July 2016.
Bundaberg Regional Council
The Take It To The Streets Project was supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF). RADF is a Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Bundaberg Regional Council partnership to support local arts and culture.
A special thanks to Bundaberg Regional Council Town Planner Alicia Otto for her valued work and voluntary contribution to this project.
Thank you to the following businesses for their involvement in Take It To The Streets:
- “After the Floods“, published in In Place, Issue 3, May 2017
- Take it to the Streets Location Map
- Join the Place Activation Facebook Group Conversation
- Take it to the Streets Survey