Placemaking Events

While preparing for major capital improvements to the street edge of Bushnell Park as part of the iQuilt Plan and Intermodal Triangle, the park is actively programmed with two signature events designed to activate the park and change how people think about downtown Hartford. Winterfest is a free multi-month ice skating event, attracting 50,000 people; Envisionfest is a weekend of art and innovation hosted in and within walking distance of the park.

JVM Studio's Jonas Maciunas, while working for the City of Hartford, served as an advisor to the iQuilt team putting together EnvisionFest and chaired public/private committee to implement WinterFest, - overseeing construction, operations, fundraising, security, and marketing.