The Museum of Possibilities

Posted on by Dodge

Last spring, the city of Montreal invited its citizens to explore the possibilities of the city’s public spaces and share their ideas for the future of a particular lot in the Quartier des Spectacles district through this extraordinarily clever and creative public art installation called “The Museum of Possibilities.”

Museum of Possibilities via Brain Pickings

Visitors were encouraged to share their ideas by writing them down on pieces of paper and attaching them to the balloons. They could also vote with stickers on their favorite ideas posted by others.

Ideas and voting in the Museum of Possibilities

This could have been a simple, pretty public art installation on an unused lot, but the creators of the installation took it far beyond that and used it as a civic engagement opportunity to think and talk about the often-neglected and underutilized spaces in our cities and towns. We love it.

Field of ballons at the Museum of Possibilities

As Maria Popover of the excellent Brain Pickings (where we spotted the Museum of Possibilites) noted, this project reminds us of Give a Minute.

Where should there be a Museum of Possibilities in New Jersey, and what would it look like? We want to hear your votes.

via Brain Pickings & Local Projects

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4 Responses to The Museum of Possibilities

  1. Kelsey Snook says:

    Hello there,

    I’m Kelsey Snook, one of the designers who worked on this project in Montreal. I’m a NJ native (Montclair!) and am so pleased that you’ve highlighted our project. We would certainly be thrilled to help make some ‘possibilities’ happen in New Jersey!

    I would just like to add a bit of background on what a museum of possibilities means-

    The ‘museum’
    It’s really any public place that could use a little help, some injection of public input to make that place better. It doesn’t have to be a park, it could be a parking lot, empty building, or a neighborhood in general. If you closed your eyes and thought of an area you pass on your way to work each day that could use some improvement, that’s it.

    The possibilities
    Those are your words, the information you have from passing by often, and put onto paper. It’s a direct way for your and others’ voices to be heard and for the community / city / borough / state to get useful information to respond to.

    If you want to know more, you can see our work here:
    http://www.livingwithourtime.com
    and how we do it here:
    http://www.goodparticipation.com

  2. Sarah says:

    The center of Journal Square, Jersey City where the PATH station is located has had a building demolished in the middle of the square and they don’t seem to be replacing it. So we now have a huge bare piece of land surrounded by fence that thousands of people pass by on a daily basis.

    http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2009/03/demolition_continues_at_journa.html

    Jersey CIty has the diversity New Jersey is proud of. It would be wonderful to let all the voices be heard!

  3. Dodge says:

    Kelsey –

    Thank you so much for the background and extra information. We hope our readers check out your links – they are intriguing!

  4. Dodge says:

    Sarah –

    Thanks for joining the conversation. Your spot sounds like the perfect location for a Museum of Possibilities.

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