Chicago’s Perry Avenue Commons—a series of aquaponic farms, community gardens, and art spaces—is demonstrating how an “inclusive, art-inspired, and agriculture-fed approach to neighborhood development” can help meet its community’s environmental, social, educational, and economic goals, as well as its need for fresh, nutritious, affordable food.
Hmong French American artist Oskar Ly founded ArtCrop, an art and food CSA in Minnesota. By continuing and innovating on the traditions of her farmer-artist forebears—and contemporaries—Ly is inviting local farm share subscribers to enjoy “a more rooted cultural experience.”
Georgia teacher Lywante Bonner coordinates events for One South, the community development corporation behind the state’s first “agrihood.” She spoke with ArtPlace about why she’s helping to make her South Macon neighborhood “feel whole again.”
The 91st annual Academy Awards will take place this weekend: a testament to film’s power to captivate and inspire. At ArtPlace, we celebrate the films and filmmakers of creative placemaking every day. This month, as our blog explores issues of racial justice, we look at three projects that have used the moving image to their advantage.
Innovative work supported by ArtPlace recently popped up in the financial news source Barron’s. Read highlights of their coverage, including one government official’s finding that “when artists of color go out into communities, they are more successful than we are.”
Socially engaged art collective Las Imaginistas works along the US-Mexico border in Brownsville, Texas. Read a few highlights from our interview with two of their founders at the recent Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and watch the Facebook Live video recording.
Since the 1980s, Houston’s Project Row Houses has been using arts and culture strategies to keep artists and residents living and working in its historic Third Ward neighborhood.
The Grand Terrace Photo League was an ArtPlace-funded eight-week photo ethnography of an apartment complex in Worthington, Minnesota. The project’s lead documentary storyteller, Nik Nerburn, wrote for ArtPlace about the inspiration for the project, the many forms “community involvement” can take, and how collaborative photography can offer dignity as well as documentation.
Even if you can’t make it to the CPL Summit West—taking place in Albuquerque on February 7, 8, and 9—there are several great ways to connect from afar. Read more about why we love CPL Summits, and how you can get in on the action, whether you’ll be in “Burque” or not.
Sahra Noor, former chief executive officer of People’s Center Clinics & Services, and Laura Zabel, executive director of Springboard for the Arts, discuss in this Shelterforce article how their collaboration to offer art-making events at a Minnesota health clinic helped create a community hub for connection and creativity.