Jane’s Walk 2021
Free Digital, Guided Walks Celebrating Windsor-Essex
What is a Jane’s Walk?
Jane’s Walks are free citizen-led walks of neighbourhoods. Jane’s Walk celebrates the legacy and ideas of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs by getting people out exploring neighbourhoods and meeting their neighbours. During the COVID Pandemic, the festival has taken on a digital format.
When is the Jane’s Walk Weekend?
The Global Festival Weekend takes place annually on the first weekend of May (close to Jane Jacobs’ birthday). This year it will be May 7-9, 2021.
Who was Jane Jacobs?
Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a community-based approach to city building. She had no formal training as a planner, and yet her 1961 treatise, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, introduced ground-breaking ideas about how cities function, evolve, and fail that have become commonsense cannon for today’s architects, planners, policymakers, activists, and other city builders.
Hosting a Walk
Who can host a walk?
Anyone! We encourage citizens, groups, and organizations to take part. Don’t feel like you have to be an expert—adding local voices and a variety of perspectives makes for an even more dynamic walk.
How much do they cost?
Volunteers lead Jane’s Walks and participation is free.
How do I plan a walk?
You can start by thinking about what you love about your neighbourhood. What do you wish people knew about it? Everyone's an expert in their own community, and anyone can lead a Jane’s Walk.
Digital options for walks:
Live Stream: Using your phone, broadcast your walk live to Facebook on the official Windsor Jane’s Walk Facebook page. This works best if you have someone to film you present the walk, but selfie style works too!
Presentation: You have an hour on Zoom to present your tour - guide them through a PowerPoint Presentation, talk over videos or images, or use your own storytelling!
Pre-Recorded: Tell the stories ahead of time. Upload a video of your tour to either a Youtube or Vimeo video. Please do not send video files.
Self-Guided Tour: Create a map, podcast, written story, or another format for people to explore on their own.
Examples of types of walks:
Art & Architecture
Food & Entertainment
History & Culture
Why are tours only digital?
Given the realities of the COVID-19 Pandemic, it’s important to ensure the safety of guides and participants and follow all Health Unit and Provincial guidelines. We are hoping for an in-person festival in 2021, but until then, we will continue online.
You must follow rules around social distancing when creating the video. Please consult Windsor Essex Health Unit for the most updated guidelines: https://www.wechu.org/cv/guidelines
Who will set up the Zoom or Facebook Live?
Volunteers will help set up either the Zoom or Facebook Live. We will help you to test out any technology beforehand.
How long should a walk be?
For live digital tours, Zoom time slots are an hour or less. Prerecorded tours can be any length.
How are Jane’s Walks promoted?
Jane’s Walk Windsor promotes the festival as a whole, but participating individuals and organizations agree to identify themselves as part of Jane’s Walk through inclusion of the event logo and language in their respective communications (e.g. email, social media, printed collateral) leading up to the event.
A press release will be sent out with details of each walk and it will be promoted through various social media channels.
Can I use Jane’s Walk as a promotional opportunity?
The festival can serve as an opportunity to share information about a particular project, initiative, or event with fellow urbanists as it relates to your walk.
How do I sign up to be a Walk Leader?
The deadline to submit a walk is Monday, April 7, 2021