At the Mouse City Transit Summit, city builders 2-8 years old can construct a model city for storybook mice out of recycled materials. How will our make-believe metropolis address the all-too-real challenge of urban congestion?
Award-winning artist-author Barbara Reid will be our special guest. Taking a few cues from two of her many acclaimed picture books, Subway Mouse and Picture A Tree, we’ll strive to give Mouse City an efficient public transit system and lots of green spaces.
Mabel’s Fables will be at the event with copies of Barbara Reid’s books for purchase.
At the inaugural Mouse City Summit, Montreal-based author-illustrator Rosyln Schwartz launched her book The Vole Brothers. Young city planners received guidance from top urban affairs writers, Matthew Blackett, Creative Director of Spacing Magazine, and Hamutal Dotan, Editor of Torontoist.com. To see The Grid magazine’s article and series of photos from the day, click here.
Blackett and Josh Fullan, Director of Maximum City at UTS, oversaw the construction of a giant model metropolis at Revival (photo above), as part of the fourth annual Totsapalooza: Mouse City Calling, in February 2012. City Councilor Mike Layton, Damian Rogers, Kevin Sylvester and Vikki VanSickle presented a selection of Leo Lionni’s classic mouse-based picture books. And City Councilor Adam Vaughan served as Mayor of Mouse City.
THE QUESTION THAT STARTED IT ALL
A mouse navigating a human environment and cobbling together a dwelling with discarded items is a mainstay of children’s literature. What would a city built by these tiny citizens look like? This query generated the ongoing conversation amongst urban affairs writers, municipal politicians, creators and kids known as “The Mouse City Project.”