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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Field Scan Release! Cultivating Creativity: Exploring Arts & Culture in Community Food Systems Transformation
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.