About Park(ing) Day

PARK(ing) Day is an annual open-source global event to temporarily transform public parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown.

Last year, Ayres and Associates brought this global event to DECI’s attention, and an installation featuring seating, tables, and fall foliage was featured outside of Olson’s Ice Cream. 

This year DECI reached out to members of community arts and theatre organizations for ideas. As a result, it was suggested to work with a local set designer to draw attention to performance stages still being closed across the country due to COVID-19. The installation concept of “Our World Turned Upside Down” was conceived by Ashley Fant, MFA. Ashley, with the support of several volunteers from area arts and theatre organizations, has constructed a must-experience public space.

DECI encourages those who visit the installation to snap a few pictures, share using #saveourstages, and consider supporting area arts/theatre organizations in whatever ways you can. Special thanks you those who contributed in one way or another: Ayres and Associates, Banbury Place, Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild, City of Eau Claire, Eau Claire Public Arts Council, Jacobson’s Ace Hardware, Northern Crossarm Co, Inc., Pablo Center at the Confluence, South Barstow Business Improvement District, and Visit Eau Claire.

Theme & Designer Bio

Parking Day Installation in Eau Claire, WI

More About “Our World Turned Upside Down”

Our entire world does not look like it did prior to the outbreak of Covid-19. We all have had our lives, our schools, and our businesses turned upside down in the name of public health. As much of the world attempts to regain some sort of normalcy, the arts are still desperately struggling to stay alive. The point of theatre is for a group of people to come together to tell a story to another group of people, live and in person. How do we go about doing that in a time where a global pandemic is keeping us apart? As artists, our world was flipped upside down in a matter of seconds. We have spent this year inventing alternative ways to perform and look forward to the day we come together again to entertain you.

More About Ashley Fant

Ashley Fant is an Eau Claire native and graduated from Memorial High School. She graduated from The University of Houston with her Masters of Fine Arts, with an emphasis in Scenic Design and Construction. She was the Technical Director at St. Pius X High School in Houston, TX where she taught classes in Design, Stagecraft, and AutoCAD. She also managed the theatre and ran SPX’s chapter of the International Thespian Society. She recently returned to Eau Claire where she has rejoined her Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild Family.