ArtPlace America selected PolicyLink in 2015 to lead the research and documentation components of the Community Development Investments (CDI) program.  As a consultant to ArtPlace, PolicyLink will not conduct an evaluation of the CDI program itself, but rather will work collaboratively with ArtPlace staff, partners, and funded projects throughout the program’s duration to harvest the knowledge gained, lessons learned, and impacts observed when arts and cultural strategies are deployed in service of comprehensive community development and planning goals.  For more information and ongoing updates from the CDI Research and Documentation Team, visit CDI Research and Documentation.



As part of ArtPlace’s research strategy, we are commissioning a series of field scans related to specific topics or inquiries within the broader field of creative placemaking. Each topic or inquiry is situated at an intersection between arts and cultural practice and another sector within ArtPlace’s Community Development Matrix. Each field scan document is designed to serve as the foundation for a subsequent Working Group.

Following an open call for research consultants in June 2015, we commissioned field scans focused on Housing, Public Health, and Public Safety; the results of that research will be released publicly in conjunction with working group activity in the coming months. A second call for research consultants to conduct additional field scans will be announced in late Spring 2016. Email research [at] (subject: Field%20Scan%20Inquiry) if you are interested in future field scan research opportunities. 



Over the next few years, ArtPlace will bring explicitly interdisciplinary groups of researchers, practitioners, and thought leaders together for a series of exploratory convenings and discussions focused on a specific topic or sector within ArtPlace’s Community Development Matrix.

In an effort to support our field building work, we will collaborate with a co-convening organization for each working group and target the group's output toward a specific audience.  We hope that the interdisciplinary nature of these working groups, combined with the focus of a strategic co-convener, will lead to new research that has a substantive impact across disciplines.  These relationships also encourage working group participants to become stewards of the resulting knowledge long-term, a key element to our organizational strategy given that we will cease operations in 2020.

Each working group will commission case studies, tool kits, and/or measurement systems that help accomplish our research goal of translating creative placemaking to the various sectors of the community development matrix.

We have partnered with the Monitor Institute, Deloitte Consulting’s social impact practice, to design and facilitate our first two working groups.

Public Safety

ArtPlace has joined with LISC Safety to convene our first working group, focused on the relationship between creative placemaking and public safety. The initial convening of this group is taking place in Oakland and Ashland, CA on February 9-10, 2016, with local hosts including the Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs’ Activities League and Betti Ono Gallery.  Convening participants include:

Roseanna Ander, Executive Director, University of Chicago Crime Lab

Hilary Bass, Executive Director, Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs’ Activities League

Enrique Betancourt, Director, Citizens Security Initiative at Chemonics International

Rev. Jeffrey Brown, President, RECAP (Rebuilding Every Community Around Peace)

Roger Cummings, Chief Cultural Producer, Juxtaposition Arts

Christine Drennon, Professor, Trinity University (Texas)

Bisa French, Captain, Richmond (California) Police Department

Jamie Hand, Director of Research Strategies, ArtPlace America

Aviva Kapust, Executive Director, The Village of Arts and Humanities

Jeremy Liu, Senior Fellow, Policy Link

Erica Mateo, Director of Community Initiatives, Center for Court Innovation

Lynne McCormack, Director of Creative Placemaking, LISC

Amoretta Morris, Senior Associate, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Martin Neideffer, Sergeant, Alameda County Sheriff’s Office

Blake Norton, Vice President / COO, The Police Foundation

Larisa Ortiz, Principal, Larisa Ortiz Associates

Oscar Perez, Captain, Providence Police Department

Marty Pottenger, Director, Art at Work / Terra Moto Inc.

Caroline Ross, Research Associate, The Urban Institute

Julia Ryan, Director of Community Safety Initiative, LISC

Amy Sananman, Executive Director, NYC Mayor's Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety

Nina Simon, Executive Director, The Santa Cruz Museum of Arts & History

Deanna Van Buren, Founder and Design Director, Designing Justice Designing Spaces

*Additional practitioners from ArtPlace, LISC, the Monitor Institute, Alameda County, and the City of Oakland will also be in attendance.

Email research [at] (subject: Public%20Safety%20Working%20Group%20Inquiry) if you are interested in learning more about the ongoing activities of the Public Safety working group.


ArtPlace is thrilled to be joined by both The Kresge Foundation and Enterprise Community Partners as co-conveners of a working group focused on the intersection of creative placemaking and housing. The initial convening of this group is taking place in Detroit, MI on March 9-10, 2016. Working Group participants include: 

Ramona Alexander, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Roxbury, MA

Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce Magazine, Albany, NY

Ellen Baxter, Broadway Housing Communities, New York, NY

Laurel Blatchford, Enterprise Community Partners, Columbia, MD

Julie DeGraaf Velazquez, McCormack Baron Salazar, St. Louis, MO

Eileen Fitzgerald, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future, Washington, DC

Salin Geevarghese, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC

Rick Goodemann, Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership, Slayton, MN

Colin Hamilton, Artspace, Minneapolis, MN

Jamie Hand, ArtPlace America, Brooklyn, NY

Theresa Hwang, Department of Places, Culver City, CA

Fred Karnas, The Kresge Foundation, Troy, MI

Rasmia Kirmani-Frye, New York City Housing Authority, New York, NY

Danielle Lewinski, Center for Community Progress, Flint, MI

Mark Matel, Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation, Portsmouth, VA

Gina Reichart, Power House Productions, Detroit, MI

Ben Phillips, Housing Partnership Network / Develop Detroit, Detroit, MI

Danya Sherman, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Cambridge, MA

Ascala Sisk, NeighborWorks America, Washington, DC

Regina Smith, The Kresge Foundation, Troy, MI

Ken Stewart, Rebuild Foundation / University of Chicago Arts + Public Life, Chicago, IL

Katie Swenson, Enterprise Community Partners, Boston, MA

Nick Tilsen, Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, Porcupine, SD

Nia Umoja, Cooperative Community of New West Jackson, Jackson, MS

Sherry Wang, Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, New York, NY

Jeff Yuen, New Jersey Community Capital, New Brunswick, NJ

Diana Yazzie-Devine, Native American Connections, Phoenix, AZ

Email research [at] (subject: Public%20Safety%20Working%20Group%20Inquiry)

 if you are interested in learning more about the ongoing activities of the Housing working group.