Creative Footprint is a research project by VibeLab and PennPraxis that surveys communities and maps the spatial distribution of creative spaces to study nightlife and cultural activity in the city.
Over the next several months, we will research Montréal’s ‘Creative Footprint’ to identify the contemporary issues, needs and challenges of communities embedded in Montréal’s music and nightlife scenes. By empowering and amplifying emerging and established voices, this research project will support MTL 24/24 and urban policymakers in Montréal in best planning for, and supporting creative spaces and communities in the city’s nightlife scenes for future generations.
Why research Montréal’s ‘Creative Footprint’?
Montréal’s creative spaces play a fundamental role in the grounding of the culture of the city. A solid cultural foundation provides citizens with a myriad of experiences, fosters talent, strengthens communities, and provides opportunities for social, cultural and economic life. So, in showing the value in the smart use of creative space, we build a more unique and vibrant city. While the lasting impact of COVID-19 on communities and spaces operating in Montréal’s nightlife scenes is yet to be fully investigated, we will identify the key challenges resulting from the pandemic, in addition to challenges related to urban redevelopment and government policies, and provide solutions.