São Paulo’s Museum of Image and Sound (MIS), in partnership with Brazilian Placemaking group Conexão Cultural and the city’s Cultural Ministry, found a creative way to enhance the experience of public space and art institutions by showcasing creative work to the larger community. This joint venture led to a one-day event involving live music beneath the museum’s atrium, where local photographers, Placemaking experts, and graffiti artists showed off their work to the public. The event helped to promote both local artists and the installations on display within the museum’s gallery space, and its success led to over a half-dozen more at MIS.
In 2015, MIS hosted an exhibition with Conexão that brought visitors in contact with grassroots Placemaking projects around the city, from public ping-pong tables to karaoke plazas to sustainable, bike-powered food carts and more. This layering of uses helped attract people from all walks of life, regardless of their level of interest in the museum itself. It is through sustained placemaking efforts that Conexão has been able to carve out a space for itself within São Paulo’s art scene by connecting the culture of these institutions to the culture of neighboring communities.
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On April 22nd, Milwaukee was announced as one of the six 2015 Heart of the Community cities. Over the next six months, the local project team and PPS used “Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper” (LQC) Placemaking principles to ensure that the The Spot 4MKE continued to be a collaborative, inclusive, and community-led project.