Principles of Creative Placemaking

The Principles of Creative Placemaking serve as guidelines for successful creative placemaking.

*NEW* 15 Questions to Ask about Creative Placemaking Proposals

Want more tips on applying for ArtPlace America grants?   Check out 15 Questions to Ask about Creative Placemaking Proposals before submitting your idea.

Vibrancy Indicators

The Vibrancy Indicators are one way that ArtPlace America is measuring changes in the neighborhoods where we invest.  The Vibrancy Indicators are not intended to define vibrancy, nor to evaluate specific project outcomes.  Instead, they are signals that help us to be able to track vibrancy-related changes in place over a period of time.

More questions about how we are using the Vibrancy Indicators? Check out our metrics FAQ.


In addition to our Grants page, we have created a reference PDF with all of our grantees from 2011-2013 listed by theme.  Our filters on the right-hand side of every webpage offer another way to sort grants and articles by different interests.

Creative Placemaking Summit 2013 – Breakout Summaries

In January, 2013, ArtPlace America convened its first annual Creative Placemaking Summit for grantees.  Following the event, we compiled notes from our breakout sessions to highlight ideas and lessons emerging out of discussion.

Pecha Kucha Presentations

At the 2013 Creative Placemaking Summit, ArtPlace America recorded Pecha Kucha-format videos of all grant projects from 2011 and 2012.  These videos offer rich discussion on project goals, successes, failures, and lessons.  They can be found on the ArtPlace America youtube page.

America’s Top ArtPlaces

In 2013, ArtPlace America presented awards to communities around the country defined as “Top ArtPlaces.”  There is more information about these awards at the following links:

America’s Top Twelve ArtPlaces (see also: America’s Top Twelve ArtPlaces Image Bank and America’s Top Twelve ArtPlaces report)

America’s Top ArtPlaces (all 44)

America’s Top Small Town ArtPlaces

Other Resources

ArtPlace America periodically uploads documents from speeches, events, and research.  These documents can be found on our Insights page.

Participating Foundations

Barr Foundation
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Ford Foundation
The James Irvine Foundation
Knight Foundation
The Kresge Foundation
The McKnight Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
William Penn Foundation
Rasmuson Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation
The Surdna Foundation