Hanmin Liu and Jennifer Mei standing by a mural that says "Tenderloin"
Hanmin Liu and Jennifer Mei, cofounders of the Wildflowers Institute, spoke with artists in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco, CA, to see how artists are making explicit the needs of their community and what changes need to happen to improve the conditions for all people, but especially the most vulnerable, so they can all grow together.
Two kids playing by a large cement cylinder in a park
Together, ArtPlace America and Creative Generation are pleased to announce a new research initiative focused on arts, culture, and youth development. This partnership will explore the intersections of creative youth development, creative placemaking, and community development through community based, youth- and practitioner-led research. By the end of the year, a series of new web-based tools and resources will be created by and for practitioners operating in this space.
Gwen Johnson leaning against a piece of furniture with a green bandana on
Letcher County is nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky and is home to a diverse population of 23,123 people. Within the center sits a social enterprise program- Black Sheep Bakery which supports community members by providing job training to people who are recovering from addiction. Dedicated citizen and baker Gwen Johnson talked with us about preconceived notions and Appalachian solidarity with Black Lives Matter.
John Kind is a driven, passionate and charismatic artist with a unique approach to his blend of hip-hop, poetry, and existentialism. He has been writing poetry since the age of 9 years old. We were lucky enough to be introduced to John via our funded project the Loop Lab, a Cambridge-based non-profit social enterprise specializing in media arts internships and digital storytelling. Here he shows us how his art allows him to discover hidden truths, and dig deeper.
Like many artists who work in "communities,” Alan Nakagawa does his best by listening. Here he sits down with Hailey Loman (Executive Director of Los Angeles Contemporary Archives) about their work in the multi-disciplinary field of art and archives and how we move away from the "I" and get to the "we" of oral history.
Angelo Baca- a Navajo and Hopi filmmaker, and a PhD candidate in sociocultural anthropology at NYU - speaks of the challenges of COVID-19, and how the recent protests are tipping societal scales of historical trauma back to a semblance of restorative justice.
Denetrick Powers - a young Black man - posing with his masters diploma
Denetrick Powers is the lead art organizer for Redeemer Center for Life's "At Home in Harrison" project (a 2017 ArtPlace funded project). As a curator, poet, and organizer he reflects on the current state of America, American history, and its failures.
Amy Shimshon-Santo’s powerful poem “and still, we are trying — to dream…” documents a few days in revolutionary LA about community, protests, vigils and uprisings. This writer, educator, and urbanist walks the talk in her belief that arts and culture are powerful tools for personal and social transformation. Her interdisciplinary work connects the arts, education, and urban planning.
A community engagement effort in St. James, Minnesota. Photo courtesy of the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership
What happened when the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership - an organization founded with a mission to support the economic development of communities - were asked to integrate of arts and culture into their housing development work? The impact on SWMHP was profound.
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In times of crisis it is often hard to find the resources, information, and help we need. From loss of income and cancelling of events to shifting to online meetings and more, the COVID-19 virus is affecting many artists, nonprofits, and communities across the globe. While not comprehensive, we hope the running list of resources below is a start to help mitigate/navigate the effects of the virus (whether it be financial, health, etc) going forward.
Cross-Sector Collaboration