The start of a new year is always a time to reflect on growth and evolution, as well as a time to set intentions for how to move forward. If there’s one thing we collectively tend to feel during this process, it’s that change is hard. This is just as true professionally as it is personally, and certainly even more true when we think about our organizations and systems.
Conexion Americas will commission artists to lead a series of community design charrettes to improve pedestrian safety in the Nolensville Pike corridor of Nashville, TN. The corridor is a wide, high-speed road with crumbling sidewalks and an overall design that prioritizes the movement of vehicular traffic over pedestrians and cyclists.
As we look ahead to 2020, we asked the ArtPlace staff to take a moment to reflect on 2019 and share some of the highlights of their work this year. Here’s our last blog of 2019 ... See you in the new year!
In 2019 we shared some amazing stories, and below we take a look at the most popular blogs of the year. From ArtPlace’s next steps, to how to find funding, to how farming and arts go hand-in-hand, these blogs are as varied as the field of creative placemaking.
NACEDA Communications Director Suzanne Gunther reflects on her experience of artistic engagement at People & Places 2019 and its value in advancing racial equity. NACEDA was a lead partner on this peer-learning conference that raised up local solutions to strengthen low-income places and advance racial equity. ArtPlace America and PolicyLink partnered with People & Places to embed arts-based experiences in the conference.
Earlier this year, we asked ourselves, “Who are the people behind creative placemaking?” That question led to other questions, like “What drives them to do what they do?” and “How do they share the story of their community-based work?” From these questions sprung a series of video and blog interviews and our Creativity Lives Here storytelling campaign. Below we take a look at the many voices behind creative placemaking.
As 2019 comes to a close we take a moment to look back at all the amazing partnerships, reports, announcements, new endeavors, and more released this year!
On October 10th, 2019, Mike Scutari sat down with Jamie Bennett of ArtPlace America to discuss the creative placemaking field. Once viewed as a niche and misunderstood field, creative placemaking has evolved dramatically since ArtPlace America, a 10-year collaboration committed to positioning arts and culture as a core sector of community planning, set up shop in 2010.
The National Accelerator for Cultural Innovation at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts welcomed seven Practices for Change fellows from around the country to ASU’s Tempe campus this summer. The fellowship supports individuals with experience using arts, culture and design within other sectors — like housing, transportation, planning, justice and the environment — in order to build stronger, more equitable communities.
Ever since she was a teenager, former Detroit Action Strategist Rhiannon Chester has dedicated much of her energy to working for better public education, immigrant rights, affirmative action, economic justice, and LGBT youth in her native Detroit. After years of supporting others’ projects, Rhiannon led her first ioby campaign this past spring. Read about what she did, how it went, and the things she learned when the tables were turned!