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MUNICIPAL ARTIST PARNERSHIPS
A “relationship guide” to forging strong and sustainable creative partnerships between local governments and artists. It reflects their interest to understand what good municipal/artist partnerships look like, from the experiences of practitioners who have effectively done good work together. The goals were to communicate the artfulness, dynamics, best practices and common challenges of these partnerships and their resulting creative projects; and assist those who want to integrate creative practices to advance civic goals and improve the workings of municipal government.



NACO CREATIVE PLACEMAKING TOOLKIT FOR COUNTIES
NACo, in partnership with Americans for the Arts and with support from the NEA has launched the Creative Counties Placemaking Initiative to support counties as they work to identify and strengthen ways to integrate arts into solutions to local challenges.



NARRATIVE PROCESSES IN URBAN PLANNING
A case study on a town suffering from the effects of jobs losses and outmigration that occurred when labor intensive farming transitioned to the machine. A theater project has led to purported claims of community revitalization, new relationships, personal empowerment; the coproduction of an emerging and diverse community identity; and institutional and economic development.



NATIONAL OPERA CENTER OF AMERICA'S INTRODUCTION TO CIVIC PRACTICE
Without shared spaces to bridge divides, develop empathy and be pushed beyond the comfort zones of personalized news feeds, democracy will break down. The National Opera Center America lays out it's civic practice responsibilities.



NATIVE AMERICAN CREATIVE PLACEMAKING
That "Placemaking was always known to Native Americans" undergirds a new "Native American Creative Placemaking" report from HAC which examines some Native American creative placemaking efforts while offering a first of its kind interactive map. The paper also notes funding sources and emphasizes that placemaking “offers Native people on opportunity to reconnect with their traditional ways of life” as an antidote to injustices including forced assimilation, trauma in boarding schools, and extreme poverty.



NOTES ON A CULTURAL STRATEGY FOR BELONGING
Work for justice and liberation requires the inclusion of arts and culture. The Haas Institute’s Notes on A Cultural Strategy report outlines a cultural strategy for belonging that centers the leadership, voices, storytelling, practices, and knowledge of people and communities who are marginalized in our society. It offers resources, evidence, case studies, and a workshop module for cultural strategies that are rooted in the Haas Institute's Othering & Belonging framework as well as in many successful models of activism and organizing. Aimed at storytellers, artists, organizers, cultural strategists, funders, and other collaborators who are working to develop cultural strategies alone or as part of organizations and movements, this report offers notes and ideas on how cultural strategies can be developed for the greatest impact.