The cover above comes from the Regina Downtown Business Improvement District’s (RDBID) winter guide that arrived in the mail some time last week. Examining the cover, I find the subtitle troubling, “Your guide to parking shopping and dining in Downtown Regina.” Why is parking the first topic in my guide? It seems to suggest parking is the first priority for downtown Regina.
Come down to the Central Branch Wednesday at 7:30pm to take part in a Jane’s Walk style stroll through the Library. The Friends of the RPL are hosting the tour as a way to celebrate 50 years of the Central Branch building. For more information call 535-9570, or visit www.friendsofrpl.ca.
Today you can attend an open house at Cornwall Centre to look at the City’s Downtown transportation plans (see the City website for more). The event runs from 10am to 7pm.
Saturday, January 28th I went to the opening of Unplanned Architectures at the Neutral Ground in Regina (See Laura’s post). The opening was busy with most of the artists in attendance to speak to their work and answer questions. Opening along side Unplanned Architectures Saturday night was Diane Morin’s Capteurs d’Ombres.
This Saturday at 8pm, Neutral Ground will be opening a new show entitled Unplanned Architectures.
From the curators statement:
Within artistic production, architecture is a discussion about society and interactions, while within the discourses of capitalism, architecture is a commodity, whose production rises and falls according to periods of growth or recession. “Unplanned Architectures” looks at artists’ representation of the architectural plan in our current state of global instability and uncertainty…As the consequences of sprawl and deregulation become widely apparent, the architecture of our current system is readying to be uprooted, to be rebuilt and yet while this market architecture is being dismantled, what will replace it is unknown. The artists in this exhibit use new media, sculpture and installation to provide insight into our current state of limbo.
For more info, visit their website.
The end of year holidays are winding down and for many of us the rush of events, dinners, shopping and travel is drawing to a close. This year-end period can be a real change of pace and routine.
Fittingly then, 11th Avenue in downtown Regina has seen, in the last few months, once vacant store fronts supporting new shops. These new shops leave 11th in much better shape when compared to last February. Towards the end of February 2011 RUE partnered with the U of R and Regina Downtown to promote the window art project for underutilized downtown spaces (Window Art day 1, 2, 3 & 4) many of which were located on 11th.
Hi everyone, RUE is lucky to have a guest post by Hilarey Cowan!
Hilarey has a Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton University in Ottawa, where, later, she worked as an Intern Heritage Advisor for the National Capital Commission. Hilarey spent the past year in Paris as an au pair, soaking up the city.
Her interests and projects include affordable housing, heritage issues, urban farming, soundscapes, edge conditions, underutilized / forgotten space, density and identity. She’s an artist at heart, always observing, photographing and sketching.
Here’s Hilarey’s post on the December 6 Arts Advisory Committee Meeting.
On the agenda: Creative City Centre (spoiler alert).
A variety of supporters showed up, about 15 people, and the presentations given were passionate and eloquent. Presenters included Harold Hague, Dean Renwick, Dr. Christine Ramsay, Nick Faye, Deanna Tanner, Chelsea O’Connell, Brenda Shenher, Michelle Brownridge and Judith Veresuk. Unfortunately Marion Donnelly, volunteer CEO and all round head honcho of the CCC, was out of town and unable to speak directly to the board. But there’s only one Marion (unfortunately) and this is really what this appeal for funding comes down to. Getting her some paid staff and the support she needs to continue running this invaluable venue.
Because the $42,000 worth of funds on contingency were already dispersed to other arts groups (including the already solidly funded Globe Theatre and Mackenzie Art Gallery) Dr. Ramsay, U of R fine arts professor and member of the CCC’s board of directors, made it clear that the centre was requesting $30,000 from the City Special Events Fund.