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.
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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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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.
A community vision quilt created by students at Garfield Elementary School in collaboration with professional teaching artist Kate Gorman, funded by the Ohio Arts Council. Photo by Chelsea Dipman
NASAA is partnering with ArtPlace America on a new initiative, Strengthening the State Arts Agency Support System for Creative Placemaking. This initiative is designed to empower state arts agency community development staff in their varied roles as facilitators and bridge builders.
Renowned filmmaker Queen Muhammad Ali is running a remarkable project in her home island Tutuila, AS. She is addressing the obesity and diabetes epidemic with documentation, archiving and eLearning of Indigenous Samoan healing arts, natural herbal medicines, plant-based nutrition, and by creating a social wellness hub that will serve as an artistic resource for a healthier community.
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Taller de Permiso is an activist and community led arts space and campaign which seeks to decode, re-imagine and make easier the permitting processes in the area for small informal business owners. To improve their community’s economic outcomes, three artists in Brownsville, TX have launched a series of workshops and a supporting media campaign