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.
Minneapolis’s Mixed Blood Theatre has been a mainstay in one of the city’s most notable immigrant enclaves since the 1970s. Now, they’re using their neighborhood connections to help community members bring their personal health stories to the stage, screen, and each other. Minneapolis’s Mixed Blood Theatre “changes attitudes, behavior, and policy by paying positive attention to difference.” Since their founding in 1976, the organization has been based in the city’s Cedar-Riverside neighborhood: a “naturally occurring cultural district” that is home to over 4,000 people from 67 countries who speak at least 93 languages, a majority of whom are originally from East African, Muslim, and Hmong communities.
Thomas Young, creative director of The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking (NCCP), gets theatrical about his love for Creative Placemaking Leadership Summits and why you should join ArtPlace and NCCP at our events across the country this year. I can’t watch theater anymore. After about eight years of directing musicals, plays, and devised theater, all I do when seeing a play is think about who’s calling it, how the lights were set up, and for the love of God why did they pick chartreuse for her dress?
With 2018 drawing to a close and 2019 on the horizon, we leave ArtPlace readers with some actionable wisdom about wellness and work, delivered by the artist Leslie Kimiko Ward in the closing plenary of our 2018 Annual Summit in Louisville, Kentucky. Leslie Kimiko Ward, a social practice artist, movement specialist, writer, and shepherd (yes, of sheep), gave the closing plenary talk at the ArtPlace 2018 Annual Summit in Louisville, Kentucky this past May.
As Forecast Public Art wraps up its 40th year, we join the celebration by sharing out some of the useful, valuable resources they produce for artists and creative placemakers—free of charge. As this milestone anniversary year comes to a close—and in the holiday spirit of giving—we at ArtPlace wanted to share out a few of the many top-shelf resources Forecast offers to the public (or has in the works), all free of charge. To expand its efforts to build the diversity of artists and consultants working in public art, Forecast launched GroundWork, a first-of-its-kind training program for the next generation of public art consultants of color.
Elena Serrano of Oakland’s EastSide Arts Alliance & Cultural Center reflects on the threats and opportunities people of color face in her city as development accelerates—and the role arts and culture can play in working toward racial justice. Our Humans of ArtPlace series takes its cue from the famed Humans of New York project. This month, as our blog tells stories of “the people behind creative placemaking,” we asked the driving forces behind three ingenious ArtPlace-funded projects to give us some personal insights on work, life, art, and place.
An introduction to some of the many useful creative placemaking resources produced by our friends at PolicyLink, The Trust for Public Land, The DC Office of Planning, and Transportation for America. Just in time for year-end highlight reel season, ArtPlace is pleased to share some top takeaways from the session “Creative placemaking tools: What exists? Where are they? What’s missing?,” which took place on May 22 at the ArtPlace 2018 Annual Summit in Louisville, Kentucky.
Community policing can seem like a great idea, but how can local precincts bring it to life when punitive models of law enforcement are so entrenched? Fargo Community Trust Officer—and rapper—Michael Bloom has a few ideas. While the concept of community policing isn’t new (its roots stretch back to 19th century London), implementing it in modern day America has been difficult for many communities. Even if local precincts agree on the tenets of the philosophy, they can struggle to find ways of enacting them.
Our Humans of ArtPlace series takes its cue from the famed Humans of New York project. This month, as our blog tells stories of “the people behind creative placemaking,” we asked the driving forces behind three ingenious ArtPlace-funded projects to give us some personal insights on work, life, art, and place. Donna Neuwirth co-founded the Wisconsin-based Wormfarm Institute in 2000, and remains its executive director.