It’s hard work running a city, county, or state—and even harder to live in one that’s not well-run. Read civic artist Mallory Nezam’s rundown of major ways artists can help governments solve big problems, function more smoothly, and elevate the people and places they serve.
Numbers alone may move businesses and markets, but culture is the operating system that guides communities. In the first of a series of guest posts, Theo Edmonds explains what many businesses miss when they strive to improve employee and community health, and how creative placemaking can help bridge the gaps.
We are happy to share the exciting development that our colleague Erik Takeshita will be joining us at ArtPlace as a Senior Fellow on loan from the Bush Foundation. Erik’s first interactions with ArtPlace were through his role as board chair of Springboard for the Arts, as well as when he was working at the Local initiatives Support Corporation and launched their national creative placemaking work.
It’s not news that arts and culture can be powerful forces for positive change in communities. But that headline can belie a more complex truth. The Springboard for the Arts and Helicon Collaborative report Creative People Power surfaces interesting nuances about the complicated, sometimes unintended repercussions arts and culture projects can pack.
Artists can make change happen in many ways. In her plenary session at CPLS West this past February, Sarah Brin of Meow Wolf explored how artists have long employed creative acts of play to spread their messages, invite inquiry, and change history.
ArtPlace partner PolicyLink recently released Working with Artists to Deepen Impact, the first in a series of briefs describing the changes seen and lessons learned when arts and cultural strategies were deployed in the service of community development and planning through our Community Development Investment projects.
Artists can be unfairly stereotyped as head-in-the-clouds dreamers—when the reality of artistic practice involves much creative decision-making and problem-solving. In a piece she wrote after the ArtPlace 2018 Summit, Krys Holmes details why artists make great civic planners.
Ah, “evaluation”—every creative placemaker’s favorite word. If you’ve ever struggled with questions surrounding how, when (or why) to evaluate the outcomes of your placemaking projects, read these creative ideas gleaned from an expert panel (and audience) at last spring’s Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit in Madison, New Jersey.
The 2019 Rural Generation Summit brought rural (and urban) creative placemakers from across the country to Mississippi to connect, converse, and steep in Southern culture. Here are a few of the poetic verses, conversational snippets, and personal reflections that made the event so memorable.
Stories are a cornerstone of every creative placemaker’s work. But not every story is as robust as it can be. Join the Story Doctors from the ArtPlace 2019 Annual Summit as they share their best prescriptions for getting your story into tip-top shape.