It’s not news that arts and culture can be powerful forces for positive change in communities. But that headline can belie a more complex truth. The Springboard for the Arts and Helicon Collaborative report Creative People Power surfaces interesting nuances about the complicated, sometimes unintended repercussions arts and culture projects can pack.
Artists can make change happen in many ways. In her plenary session at CPLS West this past February, Sarah Brin of Meow Wolf explored how artists have long employed creative acts of play to spread their messages, invite inquiry, and change history.
ArtPlace partner PolicyLink recently released Working with Artists to Deepen Impact, the first in a series of briefs describing the changes seen and lessons learned when arts and cultural strategies were deployed in the service of community development and planning through our Community Development Investment projects.
Artists can be unfairly stereotyped as head-in-the-clouds dreamers—when the reality of artistic practice involves much creative decision-making and problem-solving. In a piece she wrote after the ArtPlace 2018 Summit, Krys Holmes details why artists make great civic planners.
Ah, “evaluation”—every creative placemaker’s favorite word. If you’ve ever struggled with questions surrounding how, when (or why) to evaluate the outcomes of your placemaking projects, read these creative ideas gleaned from an expert panel (and audience) at last spring’s Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit in Madison, New Jersey.
The 2019 Rural Generation Summit brought rural (and urban) creative placemakers from across the country to Mississippi to connect, converse, and steep in Southern culture. Here are a few of the poetic verses, conversational snippets, and personal reflections that made the event so memorable.
Stories are a cornerstone of every creative placemaker’s work. But not every story is as robust as it can be. Join the Story Doctors from the ArtPlace 2019 Annual Summit as they share their best prescriptions for getting your story into tip-top shape.
Everyone can picture how a bright mural or whimsical statue can elevate our enjoyment of a public park. But artists can figure in to the success of park projects in even more central, powerful, guiding ways. A case study on New Mexico’s Zuni Youth Enrichment Project detailed how artist involvement from the start led to a more inclusive, culturally grounded, and beloved community park.
It’s one thing to say we want to work with artists, and another to do so effectively. How can organizations and project leaders make the most of artists’ strengths while dodging common cross-sector traps?
ArtPlace’s Senior Program Officer introduces our next (and last) initiative: Local Control, Local Fields. This people-powered investment in locally controlled resources aims to strengthen six fields of practice in six distinct geographies around the U.S. Learn how our approach was developed, what makes it different, and what to watch for as it rolls out this spring.