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Although each Window Wanderland event is unique, they all have proven to have had a positive effect not just on the people that take part, but feedback shows that participating in an event not only brings people together, it also fosters a renewed sense of responsibility and care to the wider community – this is what makes Window Wanderland so remarkable.

Great to see so many Portland residents getting involved and it’s also great to know that so many people care – thank you Window Wanderland. Totally creative in its premise, low cost, light touch – brilliant!                                 Molly, WWOrganiser, Portland in Dorset

 

What a fantastic Window Wanderland event! A real success that really did resonate with the whole village. It was incredible to see people of all ages, enjoying themselves. We absolutely LOVED taking part. Making the display gave us as a family an activity to enjoy together, and it was really fun to have people show interest in what we’d done. There was a fantastic sense of community and achievement as we went round the trail. It’s great to have an arts event which anyone can join in with, quite anonymously, and without having to be an established member of the Arts Scene. Can’t wait to do it again!
Sarah Stevens, WW Organiser, Paul in Cornwall

In The News

The Sunday Times March 2017:  

Reporting on why Bristol has been crowned as the best place to live in Britain: “If Bristol is all about community and creativity, could there be an event that sums up the city better than Window Wanderland? This is when residents turn their streets into an outdoor art gallery by filling windows with homemade paintings, sculptures, collages or anything else they fancy.”

 

The Edinburgh Reporter March 2018:

“The aim of Window Wanderland is to engage with the community of Leith and to celebrate the area by encouraging local people and visitors to go for an evening walk around the neighbourhood to admire the artwork.  It has a proven track record in bringing communities together, attracting new visitors and business. We’re aiming to make that happen here in Leith too and to transform the streets for everyone to enjoy.” Claire Halliday

Window Wanderland Receives Accolade From Parliament

Inspired by the huge success of the Strathbungo Window Wanderland over the past two years, the residents of Maryhill Park came together to transform their streets into a spectacular outdoor gallery. Organiser Sarah Howitt worked with residents across Mary Hill, culminating in over 30 houses taking part in the first Window Wanderland event. Not only was it enjoyed by residents old and young, it received an accolade in the Houses of Parliament. Read their press article here.

Thanks to Patrick Grady MP who filed an early day motion to applaud the activities and events leading up to Window Wanderland. He celebrqted the fact that Window Wanderland encourages artistic expression from local residents and asks them to display artwork directly onto their windows to allow those in the surrounding area to walk through their neighbourhood and appreciate the creativity and efforts of their friends and neighbours; enhancing community and promoting diversity through local art…

Find the motion number1042 here https://www.parliament.uk/edm/2017-19/1042

A Huge Hit In North America…

Thanks to everyone who helped create North America’s first Window Wanderland here in James Bay. So much creativity! So many variations on the light in a window theme! So much fun in the making! But fabulous and fun displays aside, for me and many people I have spoken to it was this sense of shared adventure, exploring the streets that resonated most deeply.  

Turns out Window Wanderland is not about making “art” so much as it’s about making an opportunity to reach out and connect with neighbours known and unknown in a treasure hunt through our streets. 

Terry Loeppky – Canada’s first Window Wanderland organiser

An extract from Curries Notebook on the James Bay WW event March 2018:

…Some ran with the themes of mice, birds and ocean life. Others showcased jazzy musical notes and instruments. Everything from portraits of Groucho Marx to Marilynn Munroe, to colourful and chaotic kid’s art, to the simplicity of a single candle in a window, were on display. 

In a day and age when it is easier to avoid eye contact while wandering around glued to a digital device, Window Wanderland opened a window on simpler times.” One home owner even put out coffee and cookies”, said residents.

For two nights, the streets were alive with light, colour, and a new-found buzz. It’s estimated that as many as a couple thousand people bundled up on two cold nights in February to stroll down sidewalks. There was lots of laughter, oohs and aahs, as kids and families, young and old came together to share in a gift, one created by the community for the community.

Read the full article here: https://curriesnotebook.weebly.com/blog/march-19th-2018

Feedback
Following the events, we invite feedback from both the organiser and its participants so we can continually measure our performance. You may also be able to use some of this feedback for your funding bids. To date, we have over 1,800 returned surveys which overwhelmingly reveal that people feel prouder, safer, and more connected with their communities following a Window Wanderland event: this is a fantastic outcome as tackling the issue of social isolation is at the very heart of this project.  

  • 100% said that it helped build community.
  • 98% said that they would take part again

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