CREATIVE AGING STRATEGY
The arts contribute to healthy aging, making them an effective tool for addressing the wellness needs of older Americans who are living longer and healthier lives than they did a generation ago. Creative aging—which is a set of practices that leverages the benefits of making, sharing or otherwise engaging in the arts to foster the mental, emotional and physical health and well-being of older adults—will become an increasingly important resource in the health care continuum. State arts agencies are poised to be key facilitators in leveraging the arts and this strategy sampler summarizes the many ways state arts agencies can foster creative aging. It lifts up model programs and discusses how the arts can support older adults in community settings as well as medical facilities.
CREATIVE AGING STRATEGY
CREATIVE PLACEMAKING FROM THE COMMUNITY UP
Creative Placemaking from the Community Up brought together a national cohort of groups through a shared set of values including equity, racial justice, and self determination, and the overall goal of advancing social justice in our communities. Their approach to learning is from the community up, drawing on deep reservoirs of local experience and knowledge and making connections between our communities. They collected several resources including case studies, webinars, toolkits pertaining to their work on cross sector collaborations, peer exchanges and skill building workshops, participatory planning and cultural mapping, thematic convenings, and presentations at local and national conferences.
CREATIVE PLACES & BUSINESSES: CATALYZING GROWTH IN COMMUNITIES
A report looking at investable opportunities in the creative economy that have the potential to both stabilize threatened communities and benefit regions looking to attract and develop quality jobs. Creative places and businesses are a critical yet under-recognized element of comprehensive community development.
CREATIVE TRANSFORMATION: ARTS, CULTURE, AND PUBLIC HOUSING COMMUNITIES
To explore the role of arts and culture in transforming public housing communities, NOCD-NY convened a diverse range of residents for a roundtable in July 2015. Drawing on interviews carried out in the field, Creative Transformation: Arts, Culture and Public Housing Communities was designed to showcase exemplary partnerships that illustrated equitable, long-term approaches, identify barriers and challenges, develop recommendations and discuss how to move them into action, and more.
CULTURAL COMMUNITY BENEFITS PRINCIPLES TOOLKIT
The Cultural Community Benefits Principles Toolkit was collaboratively developed by ArtChangeUS with Detroit cultural organizers based on their ongoing efforts to seek accountability, through community benefits agreements, from private developers who receive public support for large-scale development projects. ArtChangeUS and its Core Partners are sharing this toolkit with the wider cultural sector to provide a values-driven and pragmatic approach to shifting our field’s institutional practices while building equitable relationships.
DESIGN MATTERS TOOLKIT
The Design Matters Toolkit was developed from learnings and research stemming from Enterprise's Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute. Through interviews with developers, funders, architects and policy members, they identified key practices to yield a more people-focused development process that produces better projects for residents and communities.