Jennifer Martel (Cheyenne River Sioux) of the Sitting Bull Visitor Center holds the mic at the Rural Equity plenary while (L-R) Holly Sidford, C. Leigh McInnis, Alex Gibson, and Ron Ragin look on. Photo Credit: Nik Nerburn
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.
: The “Story Doctors” Elizabeth Turner, Sophie Constantinou, Widya Batin, and Megan Bullock at the ArtPlace 2019 Annual Summit in Jackson, Mississippi. Photo Credit: Sophie Constantinou
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.
ZYEP summer campers plant and care for community gardens beds.
Everyone can picture how a bright mural or whimsical statue can elevate our enjoyment of a public park. But artists can figure in to the success of park projects in even more central, powerful, guiding ways. A case study on New Mexico’s Zuni Youth Enrichment Project detailed how artist involvement from the start led to a more inclusive, culturally grounded, and beloved community park.
It’s one thing to say we want to work with artists, and another to do so effectively. How can organizations and project leaders make the most of artists’ strengths while dodging common cross-sector traps?
The beautiful expanse of Bears Ears National Monument
In 2016, a coalition of five Native American nations successfully advocated to establish Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. The group had overcome long histories of disagreement and tension in order to unite and save their land. Filmmaker Angelo Baca’s documentary Shash Jaa’: Bears Ears introduces these people and their home, and speaks to the importance of community healing after trauma and division.
Image that says Collectively we support your autonomy
ArtPlace’s Senior Program Officer introduces a new initiative: Local Control, Local Fields. This people-powered investment in locally controlled resources aims to strengthen six fields of practice in six distinct geographies around the U.S. Learn how our approach was developed, what makes it different, and what to watch for as it rolls out this spring.
A group of people in conversation
At the ArtPlace 2019 Annual Summit, hundreds of grantees, funders, staff, and friends met for three days in Jackson, Mississippi, as one community. We explored themes of healing through music, spoken word, food, visual and performing arts, and—most compelling—listening.
Two pairs of hands cutting vegetables.
ArtPlace and DAISA Enterprises are thrilled to announce the release of “Cultivating Creativity: Exploring Arts & Culture in Community Food Systems Transformation.” The fifth in ArtPlace’s series of Creative Placemaking Field Scans, this new report explores how ​arts and cultural practices ​can be better leveraged to create ​equitable ​and ​place-based food systems change​ across the country.
Close up of a young black man dancing. Photo by Mel D. Cole , courtesy Creative Time
Prison and nightclubs might not sound like two things that go together, but they serve as complementary forces in the creative placemaking project Bring Down The Walls. Learn how this collaborative effort turned a decommissioned fire NYC station into a venue for community healing through interactive learning, music, and dance.
Welcome to the ArtPlace 2019 Annual Summit! We are happy to announce that this year we will be livestreaming all our Summit Plenaries on Facebook Live from Jackson, MS! Once a year, we gather ArtPlace America’s community of colleagues from the field of creative placemaking – projects and organizations we have been able to support, our foundation and government partners, and the researchers, advisors, and colleagues who help shape our work. To join us simply head over to our Facebook page at any of the times below and you'll be able to join the session.
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