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Monday June 4th, 2012

Posted at 12:15pm

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Artist-led interdisciplinary collective Broken City Lab has been awarded a grant of $120,000 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, which will enable Broken City Lab to launch their newest initiative, “Civic Space” which stands for Community Innovation through Vital Interactions and Collaborations Space.

To be located downtown at 411 Pelissier Street, Civic Space will serve as a hub for Broken City Lab activities and research around locality, infrastructure, education, and creative practice as a means toward civic change. What was once an old storefront will now host new community projects, DIY workshops, artist residencies, public lectures and other grassroots initiatives. The goal of CIVIC SPACE is to engage the public in addressing community challenges by initiating programming and activities that spark new collaborations and creative problem solving.

Civic Space launches on June 21st at 7pm with the Letter Library, which is a collection of alphabetic interventions, a playful community art project that invites the public to temporarily caption different parts of the city.

“We are extremely excited to have this opportunity so generously provided to us by the Ontario Trillium Foundation,” said Broken City Lab’s Research Director, Justin Langlois. “BCL has already been very fortunate to work in cities all over Canada and the US, collaborating with communities, artists, educators and researchers from all over the world. We are thrilled that we will now have a local base, here in Windsor, in which to continue our work.”

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