For the past four years, artist and immigration attorney Carolina Rubio-MacWright has witnessed the ability of creative practice to empower, build community, and broaden horizons. She shared with ArtPlace what she’s learned from organizing and leading a series of “Know Your Rights” workshops for immigrants in a Brooklyn clay studio.
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Struggling rural communities have found new life through smart public policies that boost the creative sector, the National Governors Association said in a report and action guide that is the product of more than a year of research across a wide swath of the country.
The Charleston Rhizome Collective holding a banner as they march
In the last few years, Charleston, SC has seen a real estate and economic boom, which has left many small businesses behind due to gentrification. Charleston Rhizome’s solution? Championing the tiny businesses that operate there.
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Hidalgo County experiences some of the worst flooding in the Rio Grande Valley. In response, a coalition of community organizers realized that flooding, basic rights, and song have more in common than you might think. Respected design firm buildingcommunityWORKSHOP will work with local Conjunto musicians to equip and mobilize residents in the Rio Grande Valley floodplain to tackle flood-related public health issues by commissioning songs inspired by residents’ stories that will be performed at colonia events and incorporated into a video series to be presented to policy makers.
Students wheel flowers through the neighborhood during a beautification project in the Bronx.
“Who are the people in your neighborhood?” This might seem like a simple question, but it can serve as a launchpad for community innovation. In DreamYard's borough they've found that the people who live, work and learn in the Bronx share our vision for a thriving, prosperous community.
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What happens when an artisan center, a residential rehab center, the local county drug court, and a luthiery school work together to combat addiction? The Culture of Recovery project at the Appalachian Artisan Center (AAC) in Hindman Kentucky is partnering arts and culture with local substance abuse recovery programs and the healthcare industry to bring an art-integrated approach to the fight against addiction.
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#CREATIVITYLIVESHERE is a year-long digital storytelling campaign showcasing the people and places behind creative community development. Welcome to instalment 2 for 2020! Do you have a story about how arts and culture is helping address a challenge or opportunity in your community? Add YOUR VOICE to the growing collection of grassroots stories.
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Creative placemaking is a powerful tool for helping residents shape the future of their neighborhood. This tool, though, is best leveraged when different residents are represented. Unfortunately, many communities face a similar problem: the same people participate in community engagement, and the same hard-to-reach residents are missing from the conversations.
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We’re proud to announce a new content and learning partnership on creative placemaking! ELGL will work with ArtPlace America and Civic Arts to share content, learning opportunities, and resources about how to use art and culture to build and grow strong communities. Starting with a series of blog posts written by ELGL members and creative placemaking thought leaders. In this series, you’ll have a chance to learn more about how local governments are using creative approaches to all aspects of local service.
Little Tokyo Service Center staff activate the vacant VIDA building to prepare the community for changes in Los Angeles, CA.
The start of a new year is always a time to reflect on growth and evolution, as well as a time to set intentions for how to move forward. If there’s one thing we collectively tend to feel during this process, it’s that change is hard. This is just as true professionally as it is personally, and certainly even more true when we think about our organizations and systems.
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