NACEDA’s Creative Placemaking Immersion Program – Lessons for Leaders

In 2015, NACEDA set out an ambitious goal: to make creative placemaking a frontline strategy for community developers. With an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, NACEDA launched the Creative Placemaking Immersion Program. Creative placemaking engages communities in the using arts and culture to improve the physical and social character of placesA cohort of three of NACEDA members – community development associations in Ohio, Massachusetts, and Philadelphia – worked with arts partners in their regions to build knowledge about creative placemaking among local community development nonprofits. View our final report to the NEA.

The Our Town grant was NACEDA’s first direct federal investment from a federal agency. Along the way, we added with our own resources,  those of members, and from Woodforest National Bank. Americans for the Arts partnered with us, sharing their expertise and their network. The Ohio, Massachusetts, and Philadelphia Massachusetts networks performed robustly, providing 26 creative experiences to 275 people and organizations over 18 months. Artists engaged neighborhoods in development plans. CDCs became arts advocates. Banks became arts investors. NACEDA networks throughout the country began thinking how artists and cultural strategies could enhance the impact of traditional community development.

The Community Reinvestment Act and the Creative Economy

The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) plays a central role in encouraging financial institutions to provide adequate investment, credit, and services to low- and moderate-income communities. Increasingly, this work has moved beyond affordable housing to include creative places and businesses. The Community Reinvestment Act and the Creative Economy provides important research about how to use CRA to support creative places and businesses as part of comprehensive community development. This Open Source Solutions paper highlights examples of CRA-qualifying activities across the country.

Transportation for America Webinar

How can arts, culture, and community development be used to address transportation challenges? Transportation for America's Cultural Corridor Consortium webinar features leaders from cities in Alabama, California, and Indiana who are pioneering arts and culture projects through Transportation for America's Cultural Corridor Consortium, funded by The Kresge Foundation. Learn how they are engaging with community members, building local capacity for civic engagement, and helping build bridges of collaboration by using arts and culture in transportation projects. 

Cultural Corridor Consortium webinar

How to Build a Cultural Equity Plan

Building a Cultural Equity Plan, a toolkit from PolicyLink, provides step-by step guidance for developing a public process for community representatives to undertake a comprehensive community assessment and create a plan to implement future cultural programming. Understanding and tapping into community cultural assets are important ways that placemakers can work with communities to ensure racial and cultural diversity are valued.

Social Impact Pilot Project: Arts, Health & Well-Being

Arts + Social Impact Explorer

Access research and tools from Metris Arts Consultingthe firm associated with Anne Gadwa Nicodemus, co-author of the original Creative Placemaking white paper. The pilot includes three components: (1) a summary of research and example projects about the impact of the arts on health and well-being; (2) field research and testing of messages to increase the likelihood of the public supporting funding and policy goals related to arts-health/wellness integrations; (3) an evaluation of the pilot project to surface implications for expanding the research on a larger scale.

Overcoming Organizational Challenges in Creative Placemaking

Three webinars by Enterprise Community Partners help you get past sticking points and organizational challenges when using the arts and culture to improve the power of place.

Meet Hala Farid, NACEDA's Newest Board Member

 Hala Farid speaks at People & Places 2017

As a new intern at NACEDA, I had a lot of fun talking with the newest member of the NACEDA Board of Directors, Hala Farid. She is Director of Citi Community Development's Office of Homeownership Preservation. Hala is hilarious, dynamic, and very passionate about housing and community development. I’m excited for you all to meet her too. 

April 11, 2018



Webinar: Initiating Community Benefit Partnerships

This webinar was hosted by NACEDA and presented by Kate Hill-Johnson, Administrative Director of Community Health Improvement at Franciscan Health. Kate is responsible for the oversight and direction of the Community Benefit Program for all hospitals in the Franciscan Health System in Indiana and Illinois. The webinar provides:
  • an overview of IRS Community Benefit regulation, Community Health Needs Assessments, and Community Health Improvement Plans
  • suggestions on how to engage with hospitals in work that improves community health
  • online tools you can use to access information about hospital community benefit staff, priorities, and spending.

View the webinar and PowerPoint slides.

Reflections on Rural Placemaking

Reflections on Rural Placemaking front pageThe Housing Assistance Council and buildingcommunityWORKSHOP partnered to explore how rural communities are utilizing creative placemaking to respond to the unique priorities of these communities. Their joint Reflections on Rural Placemaking outlines key lessons and opportunities for rural communities and creative placemaking. 

How to Do Creative Placemaking: An Action-Oriented Guide to Arts in Community

ArtsThe National Endowment for the Arts published How to Do Creative Placemaking: An Action-Oriented Guide to Arts in Community Development as a resource for engaging with the arts sector, useful information for community developers. The book is a collection of framing essays that introduce creative placemaking values and practice, as well as case studies gleaned from the NEA’s Our Town creative placemaking program.

 

Illinois Protects Homebuyers From Rent-To-Own Scams

Sharon Legenza from Housing Action Illinois talks about rent-to-own protectionsNACEDA member Housing Action Illinois led the charge to pass a bipartisan bill protecting homebuyers from predatory rent-to-own scams.

February 7, 2018



Inspirations and Aspirations for 2018

Joan ServissI had the pleasure of talking with Joan Serviss, executive director of the Arizona Housing Coalition. Joan became a NACEDA member after a merger between the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness (led by Joan) and the Arizona Housing Alliance (led by Val Iverson, a NACEDA board member). Joan and Val served as co-executive directors from July 1 until yesterday, when Val retired. We're that delighted Val will continue to serve on the board and that the NACEDA network will get to know Joan.

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New Hope Housing Delivers Rapid Response After Hurricane Harvey

Guests move into the Residences on EmancipationIn just 10 days, New Hope Housing was able to transform an abandoned homeless shelter into temporary housing for hundreds living in the convention center after Hurricane Harvey.

December 20, 2017





Healthy Places Gather Under One Roof

Frank Woodruff at Under1Roof Conference

The Housing Community & Development Network of New Jersey focused their Under One Roof Conference on "Housing As Health." That was an important milestone for NACEDA Executive Director Frank Woodruff. He reflects on the event and the journey he and the Network took to get there.

October 31, 2017

A Look at a Medical, Legal Aid Partnership in New Orleans

Medical-New OrleansA health center in New Orleans has partnered with a legal services agency to better help patients by addressing the social determinants of health. This “medical-legal partnership” is part of a growing trend that’s taking place across the nation. Read the Shelterforce article

Creating a Sanctuary For Youth in Camden, New Jersey

Camden, New Jersey Learning from the health world’s understanding of trauma can create better outcomes for service organizations—and better workplaces too. Read the Shelterforce article

A New Responsibility for Children’s Hospitals: The Health of Neighborhoods

Children's Hospital OhioChildren’s hospitals in Ohio are making key investments to address a major cause of poor health — substandard housing. Read the Shelterforce article

How a Risk-Averse Hospital and a Risk-Taking CDC Built a Functional Partnership

Mingo-EdgarAngela Mingo of Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Rev. John Edgar of Community Development for All People discuss their collaboration to address a major cause of poor health in their Columbus, Ohio neighborhood:  substandard housing. Read the Shelterforce interview.

Housing Is Health: Ballot Initiatives in California Approved

Housing is HealthNon-Profit Housing Association of Northern California communications director Alina Harway converses with three county supervisors who were instrumental in moving affordable housing ballot measures forward in the California Bay Area by bringing in the health factor. Read the conversation on Shelterforce

Community Benefit Insight

Community Benefit InsightUsing the Community Benefit Insight database, community economic development associations can use data to initiate relationships with hospitals and make realistic suggestions on the long-term impacts.