We are excited to announce a new edition of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Community Development Innovation Review co-edited with PolicyLink and ArtPlace! “Transforming Community Development through Arts & Culture” looks at how artists are working with communities and community development organizations to tackle some of the most pressing and complex issues of our time.
ROOTS Week 2019 group photo. Photo by: Melisa Cardona
Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in community, place, tradition or spirit. Learn how this group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South are creating a better world together and calling for social and economic justice while working to dismantle all forms of oppression – everywhere.
Memorial Corridor at The National Museum for Peace and Justice. Photo courtesy Equal Justice Initiative / Human Pictures.
The design of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice is elegant, but it evokes unease. Its vast open rectangular roof is supported by row upon row of somber, weathered steel slabs from which slender poles rise. When you know that this new monument in Montgomery, Alabama, dedicated on April 26, 2018, is offered to the memory of some 4,400 African Americans murdered by mobs between 1877 and 1950, the somberness makes sense. But nothing prepares a visitor for the experience of traversing the four sides of the rectangle.
Image of Michael McAfee and Rip Rapson
Michael McAfee, president and CEO of PolicyLink, and Rip Rapson, president and CEO of the Kresge Foundation and chair of the Funders Council of ArtPlace America, explore why arts and culture strategies are central to equitable development. The full dialogue will be available in the forthcoming new Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Community Development Innovation Review on “Transforming Community Development through Arts & Culture”, to be released on November 13, 2019.
Artists at The Sanctuaries collaborate with Ivy City residents to celebrate their heritage and envision a future for all residents. Photo by the Rev. Eik W. Martinez Resly
As the effects of widening inequality play out at the neighborhood level across our country, unexpected cross-sector collaborations are uniting arts and culture with the work of community development.
A group of people by a table
CreativePlace is the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking's podcast focusing on people who are making a difference in their communities through the arts and cultural programming. This episode features Julie Decker (Anchorage Museum in Alaska) and Bodil Kjelstrup, who serves as curator of the SEED Lab. Learn how Anchorage partnered with the Northern Norway Art Museum to address some of the challenges that are unique to Northern places.
Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz current VP of Program Initiatives at the College Fund
The American Indian College Fund’s Indigenous Visionaries initiative helps develop Native women leaders through education, mentoring, and networking. We asked two of the project’s organizers to elaborate on their session at the 2019 Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit West and describe the ins and outs of their successful collaboration.
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?