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The Mesa Prototyping Project asks, how does a community design itself? This project builds community relationships by connecting neighbors and neighborhoods to each other and to cultural resources, and by offering creative ways for ideas and community opportunities to be explored, expressed and celebrated.

 

Prototyping: (verb) to create and test an experimental model of a new idea or object.

 

CALL FOR IDEAS

The Mesa Prototyping Project is seeking ideas for temporary projects (prototypes) that could make one or more of the identified areas more interesting, interactive, comfortable, safe, inviting or functional. You are invited to submit your ideas(s) for temporary projects – from gathering places to pathways, from games to interactive artwork and beyond – that activate public space and engage the community toward enhancing connectivity in the neighborhoods. The temporary projects will be showcased during a Mesa Prototyping Project event on March 21, 2020. 

 

Learn more and apply now

Download Call for Ideas in English, here.

Download Call for Ideas in Spanish, here.

Deadline to submit has been extended to August 4, 2019

 

Neighbors and community members have identified 11 locations in two Mesa neighborhoods offering opportunities for improvement. This Call for Ideas seeks proposals for temporary projects that respond to specific needs identified by neighborhood residents and community members. Whether you live in or around the neighborhoods in Downtown Mesa, or you are a simply enthusiastic about connected and cared-for neighborhoods, we want to hear your ideas!

 

Want to learn more? Have questions about the Call for Ideas? Join us for a free information session 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23 at Mesa Arts Center, in the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum Classroom (Northwest building). RSVP to the info sessions by emailing Sarah Goedicke at Sarah.Goedicke@MesaArtsCenter.com.

  

Use #mesaprototyping when taking and posting photos and videos of you interacting with our prototypes and workshops!

  

Learn more about the initial project, the 2017 Main Street Prototyping Festival, in the final evaluation report.

DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA?

We’re seeking ideas for temporary projects (prototypes) that could make one or more of the identified areas more interesting, interactive, comfortable, safe, inviting or functional. You are invited to submit your ideas(s) for temporary projects – from gathering places to pathways, from games to interactive artwork and beyond – that activate public space and engage the community toward enhancing connectivity in the neighborhoods. The temporary projects will be showcased during a Mesa Prototyping Project event on March 21, 2020.

 

DOWNLOAD THE CALL FOR IDEAS, in English

DOWNLOAD THE CALL FOR IDEAS, en Espanol

 

The neighborhoods: During Phase 1 of the Mesa Prototyping Project (Winter/Spring 2019), artists worked with residents in two neighborhoods; the Catholic Charities Care neighborhood (south of Broadway, between Mesa Drive and Horne) and the Artspace/Mesa Urban Garden neighborhood (north of Broadway, between Mesa Drive and Center). During these residencies, artists led neighborhood walks in which the community identified areas where creative intervention might be used to enhance attractiveness, safety, walkability, or gathering spaces, or to address other needs or opportunities.

 

This second Phase of the Mesa Prototyping Project is in direct response to the information gathered during the neighborhood walks. Attached to the Call for Ideas, you will find detailed resident feedback specific to 11 locations throughout these partner neighborhoods.

 

Selected projects will be installed in the two partner neighborhoods in 10 identified locations. The March 21, 2020 event will allow the community to experience, explore and interact with the prototype installations. The community’s favorite ideas may be considered to move forward for longer-term prototyping in the future.

 

Selected submissions will receive a budget of up to $3,000 (depending on costs) to support selected projects. Projects will be displayed for public interaction during the two-day installation, March 21, 2020. Out of the submissions received, 10 proposals will be accepted for site-specific projects. Applicants are invited to submit ideas for multiples sites, however only one idea per applicant/team will be selected.

 

During the fall of 2019, prototype creators will participate in a series of community events where they will present their projects and receive feedback to further develop their ideas and plans before installation.