Who defines what’s authentic? Why is authenticity important to creative placemaking? At the Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit West in Albuquerque, New Mexico, panelists discussed these questions and others through the lenses of national research and regional case studies.
The words “artist” and “bureaucrat” can seem as opposite as the north and south poles. But poets, actors, musicians, dancers, and art-makers of all other stripes have been infiltrating our government’s ranks for years—and many are making great strides. Meet Randall Szott of the Vermont House of Representatives.
“Environment” might conjure up images of mountains, rivers, and forests. But place-based practitioners know that the “E” word can encompass “built” (human-made physical) and “unbuilt” (cultural and natural) environments. Guest contributor Judi Jennings describes some of the ways these three intersect in the field of creative placemaking, in rural as well as urban settings.
In what types of community-based efforts is artistic and cultural expression contributing to food and agricultural outcomes? Our recent working group delved into a draft report that had examined the databases of ten federal agencies and foundations and identifying 180 projects integrating arts and culture with food and agriculture. We looked at projects dealing with tourism, culinary arts, food markets and more.
Arts funding doesn’t have to come from arts funders. Experts at our 2018 Summit shared their best tips and case studies to help creative placemakers find financial support from a variety of unlikely sources.
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.”