Students to share vision of Warren

Friday, May 22, 2015

Staff report

WARREN

An exhibit titled “The Integral City: Reimagining Warren” will go on display Tuesday and run through June 11 at Trumbull Art Gallery, 158 N. Park Ave.

An opening reception will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The exhibit features the work of about 20 visiting students from the New School in New York, who worked with the Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership (TNP) and the Robins Project through their spring semester to develop visions for the Garden District, the neighborhood north of downtown, as well as plans for the Robins Theater foyer space.

The New School students visited Warren in February to meet with residents and TNP staff and volunteers spearheading the Robins Project.

A community meeting at the YWCA helped to inform their semester’s work.

As a capstone to their efforts, the students have returned to Warren and local residents are invited to TAG to view how they see the city’s future.

The intent of the exhibit is to inspire residents and community leaders to implement the students’ ideas, or build upon them.

“The Integral City” is a concept pioneered by the New School, in which urban vitality projects are spurred by community engagement and participatory research.

Students and professors from the Parsons School of Design Strategies and Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy work together to propose design interventions and recommend finance opportunities to implement the ideas.

This is the second year the school has partnered with Warren.

This summer, six interns from the program will live in the downtown area, focusing on neighborhood-revitalization projects and implementing projects to improve vacant lots.

For information about the program, dubbed Lots to Love, go to tnpwarren.org.

Trumbull Neighborhood partnership is a community development corporation whose mission is to improve the quality of life in Warren.

The Robins Project is a grass-roots effort to restore the former Robins Theater. For information, go to therobinsproject.org.