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.
Recent research commissioned by ArtPlace demonstrates how arts and culture strategies can help provide solutions to public health challenges faced by communities across the United States. This summary provides highlights and offers example projects.
From April 2017 to November 2018, Carolyn Lewenberg served as the Metropolitan Area Planning Council of Massachusetts’ first artist-in-residence. She spoke with ArtPlace about how artists can best work with municipal agencies, the challenges both parties face, and why artists are worth investing in. “We did a little art walk through the offices, and people said, ‘Wow, I never thought municipal collaboration could look cool!’ It put a different energy into the work.”
Transportation is about more than getting from A to B. Equitable, sustainable mobility choices are a cornerstone of public health. Boogie Down Rides, a project profiled in our transportation field scan, illustrates how arts and culture can be leveraged to make healthful transportation options more inclusive, accessible—and fun. In 2017, ArtPlace began a partnership with Transportation for America (T4A) to lead our transportation sector field scan research and to co-convene our transportation working group.
Architect Joseph Kunkel leads the Santa Fe-based Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative. He spoke with ArtPlace about ownership versus stewardship, what it means to be culturally responsive, and the importance of good old fashioned listening to the design process. "As a native designer, I've approached this style of engagement, i.e. sitting and listening, because this was a way of learning passed down from generations past. Listening to your elders, older cousins, friends, mentors, etc. You learn a whole lot more by listening, rather than imposing your own ideas."
The University of Florida’s Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in America initiative is bringing diverse stakeholders together, conducting in-depth research, and sharing out best practices to build the life-changing field of arts and public health. Before Kelley Sams joined the University of Florida’s Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in America initiative, housed in the university’s Center for Arts in Medicine, she earned a fine arts degree and served with the Peace Corps as a health volunteer in Niger.