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What is "Red Chair Ave"? On Saturday June 3rd for 100in1Day festival, we are working to acquire 100 bright red muskoka chairs (the plastic ones!). We'll place sets of chairs in "off-beat" (less used or less well-known) parks and green spaces, such as pocket parks, and smaller neighbourhood parks through the Ave neighbourhoods (Spruce Avenue, Westwoood, Delton, Alberta Avenue, Parkdale-Cromdale, Eastwood, Elmwood Park). So far, we've identified up to 12 green spaces, plus the opportunity to position chairs at other locations (coffee shops, businesses, etc.) upon request. Why "Red Chair Ave"? In celebration of Canada 150 and the 100 in 1 Day festival, we'll invite neighbours and visitors to gather and meet new people and have conversations about their hopes, dreams and aspirations for Canada, Edmonton, and the Ave. We'll get folks to document their conversations on postcards, which we'll collect with the opportunity to use messages in a creative way (a poem in Rat Creek Press, perhaps, a creative display? do you have any awesome ideas??) After June 3, we'll do a draw for the chairs, encouraging winners to place them in their front yards and continue the neighbourhood conversations around the Ave throughout the summer. We hope for this project to achieve at least 3 goals: * To help make underused parks more well-known and active * To build new connections within the community and beyond * To encourage front yard vibrancy in the neighbourhoods after the event How can you help? Now til June 3: We need volunteers at each of the green spaces to mind chairs, encourage conversations and collect postcards. We could also use a bit of help on June 3 with setup and takedown of the chairs. If you can lend a hand, email us at RedChairAve@gmail.com. On June 3: Support 100in1Day through volunteering, or come visit and participate in the conversations! *** We'll post a map of locations to help you find all the chairs, closer to the event date :)
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Update - Confirmed Red Chair Ave sites so far... 26 May 2017Confirmed sites: (1) 96 St/116 Ave pocket park; (2) Grassy Space (118 Ave & 92 St), (3) James Kidney Park (by Coliseum station), (4) The Carrot arts coffeehouse, (5) Workshop West Theatre grenspace (103 St & 115 Ave), (6) Greenspace by Fire Station No. 5 (Norwood Blvd & 91 St.), (7) Alberta Ave. Community Hall outdoor seating area, (8) St. Faith's Park (92 St south of 118 Ave)... More to come Come find a chair & a conversation on June 3!
Final Site Locations Confirmed!We have a map! The Red Chairs are coming; The Red Chairs are coming... to these 10 locations on June 3. Come find a chair and a conversation on June 3. Fill out a postcard with your thoughts & ideas for a chance to win a pair of chairs for your front yard conversation space :)