For one weekend in June 2017, we will temporarily reframe the City of Palo Alto as a laboratory for urban interventions and creative placemaking while engaging commuters, residents, students and visitors in dialogue to shape the future of the downtown corridor.
With the support of an Art Works grant through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and generous support from local corporate sponsors, the City of Palo Alto will launch a festival called Code:ART June 1-3, 2017, coinciding with the National Day of Civic Hacking.
At the epicenter of Silicon Valley, Palo Alto’s population of 65,000 more than doubles each day with tech commuters and Stanford University affiliates. The sometimes secretive nature of the work taking place within these companies has occasionally limits interaction between the residential community and tech employees, and leaves the downtown corridor largely void of evidence of the creative minds at work. Code:ART will temporarily reframe the City as a laboratory for urban interventions and creative placemaking while engaging commuters, residents, students and visitors in dialogue to shape the future of the downtown corridor.
Artwork: A major temporary public art project by Future Cities Lab of San Francisco will be installed downtown. The interactive new media artwork will enliven downtown’s public space with a dynamic day and night presence for several months.
Urban Interventions: Up to eight urban intervention installations will be installed in the downtown corridor, reimagining downtown spaces and exploring potential new uses of some of the sites. These interventions or prototypes may include sound and light activation, virtual reality, street furniture, projections, or any other type of intervention that activates some of the downtown storefronts, alleys, parking lots, and blank walls in new and inventive ways. National Day of Civic Hacking – Geeks on the Street: (June 3rd ) will partner with Code:ART, providing an opportunity for all types of innovators and technologists to participate in the event.
Workshops: The City of Palo Alto and Institute for the Future will facilitate discussions between business representatives and residents to synthesize the feedback on the festival installations and discuss long term planning and implementation.
Code:ART is made possible through the generous support of:
Help us raise the remaining $10,000 to make this a reality!
The City has matched the NEA grant funds, but we need to raise funds from the community to complete Code:ART. With corporate and individual donations, we will be able to activate the downtown alleys and underutilized spaces in style!
$10,000- Visionary Funding Level – You will be recognized with your logo on printed materials for all Code:ART related events, urban intervention sites, and the Code:ART web page with your logo.
$5,000- Intervention sponsorship level. Logo or text recognition on a more modest scale on all printed materials for all Code:ART related events, urban intervention sites, and the Code:ART web page with your logo