Dr. Neeli Bendapudi, first woman and person of color to be University of Louisville President, at the January 2019 launch of the UofL Center for Creative Placehealing. Photo: Josh Miller
When culture is scientifically connected to hope, trust, belonging, and health-related quality of life, people’s performance improves and can drive new innovation and inclusive growth. Now is a culturally-relevant moment with inclusion as the linchpin. There is transformative potential for business innovation through Cultural Wellbeing.
Two hands covered in coal ash
Walnut Cove, NC is adjacent to Duke Energy’s Belews Creek Power Station, which houses 20 million tons of coal ash. Local mixed-media artist Caroline Armijo has partnered with scientists from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University to create a series of sculptures that repurpose this hazardous waste material safely and that will become the centerpiece of a public park.
People marching with banners
Artists keep, make, and transform meaning. It is what they do. Their relationship to place, in addition to inhabiting it, is to see it and listen to it. Whether intentionally or not, every creative act, every moment of imagination and expression in a place, contributes to that place’s shape. What tools do artists and culture makers and designers and heritage holders possess when they choose to work collaboratively on the making of meaning?
Jun Li (Springboard for the Arts) looking directly into the camera
Laura Zabel and Jun Li (Springboard for the Arts) talk about how to build the infrastructure that helps communities and neighborhoods tap into their natural Creative People Power. Their work is about building stronger communities, neighborhoods, and economies, and they believe that artists are an important leverage point in that work.
The 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington, D.C., will be an elevated park and cultural space that spans the Anacostia River. Image courtesy of OMA+OLIN
The 11th Street Park Bridge project in D.C. will do more than transform an old freeway bridge into a vibrant public space—it's also lifting up a neighborhood.
Marcus Briggs Cloud speaking into the camera. Trees and a pond in the background.
In Weogufka, AL the local Indigenous Maskoke community are reclaiming their ancestral homelands, re-introducing animals to the bioregion, growing vegetables to contribute to the health of the community and reawakening traditional arts practices, including language revitalization and women’s medicinal practices, in an effort to improve health outcomes for the community.
Featuring over 50 neighborhood residents, Dove Springs Swims (2018) began with a celebratory community paseo around the pool. Photo by Jonica Moore.
Faced with an infrastructure crisis, residents of Austin, Texas, could either let their aging public pool system continue to decline, or rally for more money to keep it afloat. Read how a local dance company worked with the community to broadcast the beauty and importance of its public swimming options—to the tune of millions in new funding.
Two men against an orange and blue background
This week Chris Hope, Executive Director of the Loop Lab walks us through their non-profit social enterprise that provides workforce development in audio/video skills for 18-26-year-olds from underrepresented backgrounds in Cambridge. Loop Lab offers media workshop that specialize in digital storytelling through video and audio, with trainees and alumni.
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Image of the Rolling Rez Arts in a field
Tosa Two Heart (Oglala Lakota) and Bryan Parker (White Mountain Apache, Muscogee Creek, Mississippi Choctaw) discuss First Peoples Fund’s Rolling Rez Arts bus which was developed to strategically support Native artists on the large and extremely rural Pine Ridge Reservation.