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NACEDA's Creative Placemaking Immersion Program

In 2015, NACEDA set out an ambitious goal, to make creative placemaking a frontline strategy for community developers to improve the places they serve for the people who live there. We launched that goal with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, NACEDA’s first direct federal investment. Along the way, we offered our own resources, as did our members. Americans for the Arts put forward partnership and expertise. Woodforest National Bank also invested.

The result was NACEDA’s Creative Placemaking Immersion Program that offered our members from Ohio, Massachusetts, and Philadelphia resources to build knowledge about creative placemaking among CDCs. They 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, from New Jersey to Illinois to St. Louis to Texas 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 and the Creative Economy provides important research on how utilize the CRA regulations to support the creative economy in low- and moderate-income communities. 

This Open Source Solutions paper proposes greater alignment between CRA-motivated capital and the creative economy by highlighting the range of creative places and business activities which have benefited from CRA funding over time. Hopefully this will: 1) bring more attention to these types of projects among community stakeholders; 2) increase awareness of their potential CRA eligibility; and 3) lead to more CRA-motivated investment in the creative economy in the future

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

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

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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.

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.

 

Creative Placemaking Ohio

The Ohio CDC Association and Ohio Citizens for the Arts – through NACEDA's Creative Placemaking Immersion Program – partnered to host creative placemaking learning events in Ohio's Hamilton and Zanesville, attracting placemakers from community development, the arts sector, city governments, and more to learn how creative placemaking can fit into their local contexts and projects.

Watch the video the partnership made about their experience as state level organizations working for creative, prosperous people and places.  

A Creative Placemaking Field Scan: Housing

ArtsArtPlace America (a 10 year creative placemaking initiative) commissioned field scans to better understand how arts and culture interacts with different sectors within community development. Read the summary blog on 6 Things That Arts Can Do for Housing. And, access the full housing field scan, Exploring the Ways Arts and Culture Intersects with Housing.

 

Public Arts Resource Center

PARCAmericans for the Arts’ Public Arts Resource Center is an online portal for professionals and artists working in the public art field. Access a wide arrange of resources from sample documents and templates to case studies and research papers that can help you find tools, resources, and opportunities tailored to different roles in the public art field.

 

Building Vibrancy: Creative Placemaking Strategies for Gateway City Growth and Renewal

BuildingEngaging arts and culture in community development can be a regional strategy as well as a hyperlocal one. Mass Inc and ArtSpace examine the benefits that creative placemaking can have for Massachusetts’ “Gateway Cities” -- regional economic drivers outside of the Greater Boston area. While focused on the Massachusetts context, the lessons can be generalized to other parts of the country. Read Building Vibrancy: Creative Placemaking Strategies for City Growth and Renewal.

 

Creative Placemaking: How to Do It Well

createIn the Creative Placemaking white paper, Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwan Nicodemus set the framework for Our Town, a funding initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). After examining Our Town projects, Markusen and Nicodemus further explore the practice of creative placemaking -- collecting insights and best practices in Creative Placemaking: How to Do It Well.

Catalyzing Networks for Social Change: A Funder’s Guide

Monitor InstituteNACEDA highlights the power of networks, and activating engaged networks is vital to creative placemaking practice no less than other community development focuses. The Monitor Institute takes a funder's position to explore the necessity of networks and how to catalyze diverse actors to connect people, ideas, and resources. Read Catalyzing Networks for Social Change.

$100,000 NEA Grant Sends Significant Signal To Neighborhoods


The fact that NACEDA's first direct federal grant came from the National Endowment for the Arts reveals a lot about the challenges neighborhoods face and how our movement will address those challenges, asserts NACEDA Executive Director Frank Woodruff.

July 15, 2015