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?
We are revving up for our annual ArtPlace Summit taking place in Phoenix, AZ! Because we value you and want to hear from you, the ArtPlace family and future supporters, leaders, advocates for creative placemaking, we’ve thought of a few ways we can incorporate your thoughts, questions, and pictures into our Summit! LIVE STREAMING! Remember what I said about from the comfort of your own computer? Well this is it! Thanks to the fantastic people over at HowlRound we will once again stream our panels to those watching at home. You’ll be able to watch us via HowlRound.com/TV and click here to take a look at this year's exciting lineup.
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 Lynn Osgood of Drawing Lines, Henry Reese of the City of Asylum, Laetitia Wolff of the American Institute for Graphic Arts, and Hanmin Liu, Wildflowers Institute on the question: “How can I tell my project's story & outcome?”