8 80 Cities is accepting proposals for Wintermission project partners in three U.S. cities. We will support these partners to become national leaders in winter city planning, design, and programming. These cities will become Winter City Vanguards, and work with 8 80 Cities and other partners to:
1. Lead a city-wide conversation about public life and social isolation in winter
2. Implement winter city pilot projects
3. Develop a unique winter city strategy
We encourage applications from teams of community leaders that are committed to making their city a vibrant, connected, and accessible place to live in winter.
Winter City Vanguard teams will receive:
Even though most cities in the northern United States experience winter for substantial portions of the year, their built environments do little to embrace their climate. The lack of winter-friendly design and programming in public spaces discourages residents from spending time in public spaces during the cold season. It comes as no surprise then that winter is generally regarded as a time of the year to be endured rather than embraced. This tendency can create a sense of social isolation which contributes to civic lethargy.
We believe that cities have the capacity to lead the charge in addressing social isolation by embracing and inviting public life during the time of year when people feel least inspired to do so! Building a culture of public life outside in winter also helps build a culture of public life in all seasons. The public realm presents a fantastic opportunity to create socially connected and physically active communities throughout the entire year.
Wintermission is led by 8 80 Cities and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Global Ideas Fund at CAF America. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of CAF America or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Project partners include the Children and Nature Network and National League of Cities. Advisors include the Winter Cities Institute, City of Edmonton, Town of Cochrane, City of Copenhagen, and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.