As we continue unpacking the 2016 ArtPlace Summit, we’d like to take a look back at the Artistic Breakout Sessions and the valuable insights that emerged. The goal of the sessions was to dive into nine arts disciplines and understand how these disciplines best address community development challenges and opportunities. These disciplines included: Craft & Culinary, Dance, Design/Architecture, Film Media, Folk/Traditional, Literature, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts.
As we re-cap this year’s ArtPlace Summit in Phoenix, AZ, we’d be remiss if we didn’t highlight the two most talked about plenary sessions: “Creative Placemaking: When Artists are at the Planning Table” and “Artists Engaged in Public Safety, Housing and Public Health.” In his opening remarks, Jamie Bennett, executive director of ArtPlace America, called the lineup for the former panel “ideal”, saying, “For once in our lives we actually got it. We got the dream team.”
This week we are lucky to have Pilar McKay, one half of Rural Arts Weekly, joining us for a guest blog post about her thoughts, findings, and questions that came up from our ArtPlace Summit. Without further ado, take it away, Pilar! What is the magic of creative placemaking? During ArtPlace Summit 2016, I was determined to find an answer to share with my fellow rural artists. Arriving in Phoenix, I found myself inspired quickly by magic (cue self-driving Phoenix SkyTrain!).
The Huddle recaps conversations where our ArtPlace funded projects and organizations came together to talk through topics, get advice, and perhaps even gossip a little. After each one, we will use these blogs to recap the insights, questions, and provocations from these conversations. This round featured a conversation with Victoria Frey of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Chase Fisher of the Five Points & Cultural District, Brad Carlin of Fusebox, and Sherry Dobbin of the Times Square Alliance on the question: How can creative placemaking better engage private developers and landlords?
This year's ArtPlace Summit was a whirlwind of excitement, energetic conversations, inspiring presentations, and new friendships. Have you had a chance to catch your breath yet? For those of you who weren't able to join us this year, we thought we'd put together an overview of our time together in Phoenix. If you were able to be there, well, it's never too soon to reminisce on time well spent. This year's summit began and concluded in the Grand Ballroom of Phoenix's downtown Renaissance hotel, where representatives from funded projects and ArtPlace partners led plenary sessions on topics like "Expanded Approaches to Community Development" and "Creative Placemaking: When Artists are at the Planning Table".
We are pleased to announce that the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation has joined as our newest partner foundation. Alongside grant partners in Detroit, Israel, Zambia and other communities, the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation has demonstrated impact in the worldwide Jewish community, education (with particular emphasis on early childhood education) and health sectors, in addition to consistent support of arts & culture. Their commitment to ArtPlace will expand our National Creative Placemaking Fund’s future investments in the Detroit-area and offer a valuable perspective as we seek to integrate the arts and culture into community development across the nation.
Having just wrapped up our ArtPlace Summit 2016 we wanted to put together a quick visual recap of our time in Phoenix, AZ. But don't worry! A more in depth discussion of our learnings and thoughts on the Summit will be coming next week, but we wanted to share a few photos we loved during the conference. Tune in the upcoming weeks as we deep dive into the questions, discussions, and creative placemaking ideas that popped up during the summit!
As a core part of ArtPlace’s research agenda, we are taking each of the discrete sectors of community development, one at a time, and exploring how arts and cultural practitioners have and might be partners in helping to achieve their goals. Today marks the release of the first two “field scans” that ArtPlace America has commissioned to begin this work—one focused on public safety, written by Caroline Ross at the Urban Institute, and the other focused on housing, written by urban planner and researcher Danya Sherman. Each represents an exploratory first step that aims to surface.
ArtPlace America is looking to hire a director of communications as part of our executive team. We are a ten-year fund that will sunset in 2020; and we are a collaboration of 16 foundations, 8 federal agencies, and 6 banks that is looking to position arts and culture as a core sector of community planning and development in order to strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities. Our three primary program areas are the National Creative Placemaking Fund, which to date has invested $67M in 227 projects across 151 communities of all sizes across the United States in for projects that are working toward place-based community development outcomes through arts and cultural processes and interventions...
The Huddle recaps conversations where our ArtPlace funded projects and organizations came together to talk through topics, get advice, and perhaps even gossip a little. After each one we will use these blogs to recap the insights, questions, and provocations from these conversations. This round featured a conversation with Nia Umoja of Cooperative Community of New West Jackson, Erik Howard of Young Nation Detroit, Aaron Bartley of PUSH Buffalo, and Sophie Constantinou of Citizen Film on the question: “How are community members coming together outside of formal organizational structures to drive local change?