Working Partners

The first eight years of ArtPlace’s work focused primarily on investing in strategies to articulate creative placemaking work at the intersection of arts and culture and the sectors of community planning and development.  We invested in projects and organizations to learn and understand what creative placemaking looks like in communities. We built up local leaders to form a national peer group that we brought together to share and learn from each other. We investigated the intersection of arts and culture and sectors of community planning and development to develop research-informed learning tools.

From 2018-2020, with the goal of building a stronger creative placemaking field, we are building on this work in three ways:

  1. Supporting Local Practice: Strengthen 6 local fields of practice by relinquishing our control and vesting it in the people in those places.
  2. Creating and Embedding Knowledge: Embed knowledge and resources within existing networks of practice – including higher education, arts and cultural practitioners, comprehensive and sector-based community development practitioners, and philanthropy.
  3. Communicating and Convening: Bring creative placemaking practitioners together to share their work with one another and with broader audiences.                                                                                               

Each of these areas will require partnerships with organizations that share our values and goals of creating healthy, equitable and sustainable communities and to help strengthen the field of creative placemaking. The following is a list of our working partners.





DAISA Enterprises
In 2018, ArtPlace established a partnership with DAISA Enterprises to lead our food and agriculture sector research and working group effort. DAISA works at the nexus of food, health, economy and community, providing strategic and evaluation services and creating new programs and technologies to develop more equitable food systems. The working group, held in March 2019, was co-convened in partnership with Farm Credit Council and Rural Coalition.   



Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has been our partner on our arts, culture and community safety research and field building work since they co-convened a working group with us in early 2016. Together, we commissioned Urban Institute to conduct four mixed-method, case study assessments that examine the role of arts and cultural strategies in achieving explicit community safety outcomes. The results of that study, Creative Placemaking and Community Safety, are being integrated into LISC Safety’s technical assistance and field training programs.



Recognizing a synergy between the arts and environment sectors, and hunger for more information at the level of individual activists and organizers to help make this intersection more visible, we established a publishing partnership with the leading environmental content publisher


Helicon Collaborative
In 2016, ArtPlace established a partnership with Helicon Collaborative to lead our environmental sector research and working group effort. Helicon works to help people across sectors engage the catalytic potential of artists and culture to drive social change and make communities more vital, sustainable and just. Helicon authored our arts, culture and environment field scan, Farther Faster Together: How Arts and Culture Can Accelerate Environmental Progress, and facilitated the working group, which was co-convened in partnership with Sierra Club and Grist.


The US Water Alliance
Following on our working group, we established a partnership with US Water Alliance because the prevalence of artists working on water-related issues was a key trend uncovered in the field scan research. This partnership led to the creation of a National Advisory Committee, research and creation of Advancing One Water Through Arts and Culture: A Blueprint for Action, and national and regional delegations of artists to attend the annual One Water Summit. 



University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine
ArtPlace partnered with the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine to lead the arts and public health research, resource creation, and field building work over the next few years. This strategy includes multiple national convenings, outreach and engagement of practitioners in the writing of a pivotal resource in the field of public health and the arts.



Enterprise Community Partners
ArtPlace has supported Enterprise Community Partners, a leading national affordable housing developer, to expand their longstanding Rose Fellowship to include opportunities for community-based artists to be paired with local community development organizations for two year fellowships.     


Neighborworks America
Through a partnership with Neighborworks America, a national intermediary focused on comprehensive approaches to affordable housing and community development, ArtPlace created the first ever creative placemaking course, Leveraging Arts and Culture for Affordable Housing and Equitable Community Development, for the NeighborWorks Training Institute (NTI). Offered three times each year in major U.S. cities, NTI training and certification offerings represent the very best in professional development for organizations working in comprehensive community development.   



Welcoming America
In 2018 ArtPlace launched a partnership with Welcoming America to advance our immigration sector research, resource creation, and field building activities. Welcoming America is a national non-profit, non-partisan organization that provides the roadmap and support communities need to become more welcoming toward immigrants and all residents. Welcoming America will co-convene a working group with ArtPlace and integrate arts-based tools and strategies into their national membership network, knowledge sharing, and peer learning programs.



Transportation For America (T4A)
Working with Transportation for America (T4A), a national alliance of leaders advocating for smart, homegrown, locally-driven transportation solutions, we published the field scan Arts, Culture and Transportation: A Creative Placemaking Field Scan. And together, in 2018, we helped conceptualize the first ever state level artist-in-residence in partnership with the Washington State Department of Transportation and the State Smart Transportation Initiative. A similar program launched at the Minnesota Department of Transportation in early 2019.  



Center For Performance & Civic Practice
ArtPlace worked closely with the Center for Performance and Civic Practice in the delivery of technical assistance to the Community Development Investments (CDI) program participants, including facilitating staff and board meetings; designing and leading public engagement sessions with diverse local stakeholders; and helping local artists think about their partnership and creative practices with these community development partners.


Federal Reserve Bank Of San Francisco
ArtPlace and PolicyLink are jointly partnering with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco to co-edit the September 2019 edition of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco publication Community Development Innovation Review, which will highlight the lessons, responses, and implications for the field from ArtPlace’s Community Development Investments program.


People & Places Conference 2019 
ArtPlace is supporting the People & Places Conference in 2019, which is a joint collaboration of the National Association of Community Economic Development Associations, the National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders, the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, and the National Urban League, to integrate arts & culture, racial equity, and organizational change lessons from ArtPlace’s Community Development Investments Program into the conference program.


ArtPlace America selected PolicyLink in 2015 to lead the research and documentation components of the Community Development Investments (CDI) program.  As a consulting partner to ArtPlace, PolicyLink is working collaboratively with staff, partners, and CDI participants 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.



National Consortium for Creative Placemaking
To make the work of creative placemaking visible and legible we started organizing highly successful convenings all around the country with our partners at the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking (NCCP) These ‘Leadership Summits’ bring together creative placemaking practitioners from around the country. Six such convenings are taking place in 2019.



Arizona State University - Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts 
ArtPlace is partnering with the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University to create an on-line creative placemaking 101 course and a series of conversations on how higher education can contribute to the strength of the creative placemaking field.


Drexel University - Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
ArtPlace has commissioned Drexel University Westphal College of Media Arts & Design Department of Architecture Design and Urbanism to study how creative placemaking is funded. Illustrating the data through a variety of case studies, the analysis will draw on the budgets and fundraising activities of creative placemaking practitioners. This report will be released in 2019.



GO Collaborative
In partnership with GO Collaborative, ArtPlace has launched a research inquiry into the intersection of local government and creative placemaking, which will inform investments in additional partners over the next few years to create research, resources and trainings for local government staff. 



Metris Arts Consulting
ArtPlace is working in partnership with Metris Arts Consulting on a study outlining the connection between social cohesion, public health and arts and culture. Led by PolicyLink, Metris Arts Consulting, University of Florida’s Center for Arts and Medicine and a collaborative of foundations are working to release a report of findings by January 2020.



In 2019 ArtPlace launched a partnership with ioby to advance our leadership development and knowledge building activities. ioby is a non-profit crowdfunding platform that helps connect local leaders with the training and support they need to bring community ideas to life. The ioby Artists Lead! program provides a flexible funding opportunity for creative placemaking projects led by artists that includes one-on-one fundraising coaching and project development.


National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA)
To further advance our leadership development and knowledge building activities for the arts & culture field, ArtPlace launched a partnership with the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) in 2019. NASAA is the membership organization representing the nation’s 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies. Strengthening the State Arts Agency Support System for Creative Placemaking will provide research, professional development, and networking opportunities for Community Development Coordinators at each state arts agency.