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Version Festival 14 The Placemakers

June 21 to June 29, 2014
Version Festival 14: The Placemakers

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For the past 12 years Version Festival has introduced projects that tackle local social and urban issues. The festival highlights projects and people that engage the public interest and promote the cultural use of public space.

This year Version Festival will share projects by people who are shaping the physical environment and social character of the city through art and cultural reinvigoration.  From June 21-29, 2014 the festival will bring together a diverse group of creative workers, gardeners, pop up urbanists, artists and activists to celebrate, inspire and be inspired by the praxis of transforming our cities' neighborhoods. We will examine how creative place-making and tactical urbanism animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, and improves business viability, public safety and builds a better urban society.

Version Festival 14: The Placemakers will be a journey through mini markets, festivals, artist warehouses, exhibition platforms, public art projects, bar-b-qs, tours and communal activities that  highlight the best practices of a range of projects seeking to radically change the fabric of our cities. The festival will investigate an array of rejuvenated spaces as well as take part in creating temporary decentralized hubs of creative activities. Our goal is to help animate under utilized spaces, spark cultural and economic development and promote co-prosperity for all.

The festival is co-produced by Public Media Institute (PMI) and dozens of our neighbors, community groups, friends, and business owners here in Chicago. PMI is a non-profit 501(c) 3, community based, arts & culture organization located in Chicago, Illinois. Our mission is to create and incubate innovative arts programming and cultural infrastructures to transform people - socially and intellectually – through the production of festivals, art spaces, events, exhibitions, community projects, artifacts and media. Public Media Institute is committed to the region's cultural ecology and is evident through our series of programs, spaces and projects.


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