Pairing artists and community in an innovative approach to cultural and economic development
The D.C.Office of Planning (DCOP) engaged Rebar to implement the Central 14th ArtPlace project. Building upon a temporary artwork commissioned by independent curator Justine Topfer and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) as part of the groundbreaking 5×5 Public Art project, Central 14th is one of four Arts and Culture Temporiums launched by DCOP in 2012 that paired artists and community members in an innovative approach to cultural and economic development.
Rebar created three actions and events over the course of the summer, working in close collaboration with our community partners; the 14th Street Uptown Business Association (14UBA). 1) a Colorado Art Plaza mock-up that tested spatial ideas for a future permanent plaza, 2) a Street Furniture Design-Build workshop that developed ideas emerging from a community charrette into a set of unique furnishings for local businesses, and 3) an Art Food and Culture Crawl that brought neighborhood restaurants, artists, musicians, and community out into the street for an evening feast of culture.
Client: DC Office of Planning, Central 14th Street NW Community
Location: Washington DC