Koermann Block Art Workshop

  • Artist AJA Louden.

About 50 community members took part in a public art workshop on September 16. Facilitated by artist AJA Louden, participants created a mural on the Koermann Block building at 10220 96 Street. The event was organized as part of the Artists Quarters, a project “envisioned as an inclusive, healthy, affordable, accessible, and sustainable artists urban village located in the historic center of Edmonton known as Boyle Street Community, or The Quarters Downtown. The building consists of multi­purpose studio and performance spaces in the publicly accessible atrium, topped off with a cooperative residential tower.”

“Anchor organizations in this purpose-built art space include veteran Edmonton arts organizations, such as Rapid Fire Theatre, Alberta Craft Council, and Arts Habitat. Deconstruction of the Koermann Block will occur once construction funding is secured for Artists Quarters. Before demolition and rehabilitation of the historic brick facades, Arts Habitat and our project team will lead the creation of transitory artworks utilizing the panelled windows and doorways of the building, as well as south-­facing exterior brick wall. Artworks will be reclaimed or photographed for potential reuse in the commons of the finished development.”

Photos by Chelsey Boos and Joelle Reiniger
Information Provided by Artists Quarters

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