Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Great Places in Winnipeg, Manitoba: Art City

Art City at 616 Broadway - visitors are welcome!
Art City at 616 Broadway - visitors are welcome!

Urban Living

Urban life can be exciting and filled with opportunities to explore new ideas through art galleries, museums, concert halls and evening courses at a downtown campus. Many cities are revitalizing some of the core areas and converting old buildings into stylish lofts and luxury condos.
Old neighborhoods surviving and reviving
Old neighborhoods surviving and reviving
Unfortunately, this same area also provides substandard housing at lower cost, drawing people who are living on fixed incomes, social services or working in low-paying jobs like retail or restaurant positions that serve the downtown area. The more exciting aspects of urban living are usually cost-prohibitive for those on lower incomes.

Issues

City life also draws those with a more negative income source, resulting in a high crime rate and unsafe streets. For the older residents and the working poor, nothing is affordable and life opportunities seem to shrink. For children, after school life means staying home alone or hanging out on the street with friends, neither of which is very productive and can lead to serious problems.

Solutions

What if you hand people a camera loaded with film, give them a darkroom to process the images and teach them how to use it all? Maybe hands-on learning in clay at the potters’ wheel would be interesting. Digital art and poster making, painting, drawing and music are all creative outlets and help people of all ages bloom and feel worthwhile.
Art is everywhere
Art is everywhere
Positive self-esteem is critical for both healthy individuals and a thriving neighborhood community, regardless of income level but that is not the only benefit.
Creativity helps people think outside the box and one of the proven benefits is more effective problem-solving. This makes people and communities stronger and healthier and tends to add a lot more fun to life for everyone involved!

High-quality courses in a safe and friendly environment

Art City on West Broadway in Winnipeg does all this and more. This is community living at its best. Every weekday between 4pm and 8pm there are drop-in courses offered at no cost and all materials are supplied free of charge.
Here’s a quick rundown on some of the courses offered:

  • Traditional Black & White Photography
  • Digital Art (visual and music - learn how to create your own)
  • Digital Photography
  • Pottery (functional bowls & cups, figure sculpting, mold making and more)
  • Screen-printing
  • Sculpture, drawing & painting
  • Hip-hop dance
  • Music
  • Video

Some courses are designed for those 12 and under, others for teens 13-17, some for adults, and many more for people of all ages. It’s a great way for friends and families to explore new ideas together. Visitors from all over the world stop in to enjoy the local atmosphere. There's nothing like creativity to break language barriers and start friendships.
For more information and a full calendar of courses, visit Art City in Winnipeg. Come and discover your inner artist or share your knowledge with your community!

Art City

616 Broadway
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada

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