The first in a series of reports and case studies commissioned by LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation), More than Storefronts posits that creative placemaking offers community economic developers a demonstrably effective way to encourage rural and neighborhood commercial district revitalization. This paper draws on six case studies of programs that have used arts and culture to help spur economic revitalization of low-income areas, from Cajun and Louisiana Creole culture in rural Louisiana to creative funding for a dance and performance nonprofit in San Francisco to affordable live-work space in Cleveland. It examines how local efforts to explicitly invest in artists, arts-related businesses, and arts-and-cultural organizations can help advance community economic development and what it takes to connect arts and culture as an economic strategy with simultaneous efforts to strengthen the social fabric in the community and advance class, racial, or cultural equity, as well.
In 2016,Â Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) commissioned Metris Arts Consulting to produce Culture Pulse 2016, the latest in its annual Culture Pulse report series. Through its Culture Pulse reports, CPAC shares information on the health of Cuyahoga Countyâ€™s arts and cultural sector with local and regional stakeholders. It seeks to empower arts and cultural nonprofits, artists, and funders with objective data so that they may better nurture the arts and cultural sector. The Metris-produced Culture Pulse 2016 report maintained continuity with the series; it retained DataArts organizational profile data as a core data source to report information on participating arts and cultural organizationsâ€™ financial, human capital and space resources. However, Metris improved upon past reports in several ways: we explored longitudinal trends, we parsed data by organizational budget size, and we added narrative interpretation of trends informed by stakeholder focus groups and a national literature review.
For the Capital Region Creative Economy Project, Metris was the lead contributor for profiles of five creative economy industry segments: design, media, visual arts and handcrafted products, performing arts, and heritage and preservation. The overall project set out to better understand and assess the nature of the creative economy of the eight county Capital Region of New York. Mt. Auburn Associates led the effort on behalf of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region and the Center for Economic Growth.
Californiaâ€™s Arts and Cultural Ecology provides fresh insights into the California nonprofit arts sector and the people who take part in it. Key findings include that the state stands out because of the avid participation of its people, the diversity and abundance of its arts organizations and the varied regional characteristics of its arts sector. Californiaâ€™s regions reflect distinctive populations, participation rates, numbers and types of arts and culture organizations, and levels of arts funding. To reveal the significant role that arts and cultural play in the daily lives of Californiansâ€™, the research team integrated qualitative interviews and a range of data sources (California Cultural Data Project, the National Center for Charitable Statistics, the American Community Survey, and others). Commissioned by the James Irvine Foundation.
Creative Placemaking explores the livability and economic development outcomes of creative placemaking, whereby cross-sector partners strategically shape the physical and social character of locales around arts and cultural activities. The research summarizes two decades of creative American placemaking, drawing on original economic research and case studies of path breaking initiatives in large and small cities, metropolitan to rural. The report is a resource for mayors, arts organizations, the philanthropic sector, and others interested in understanding strategies for leveraging the arts to help shape and revitalize the physical, social, and economic character of neighborhoods, cities, and towns. A white paper for The Mayorsâ€™ Institute on City Design, a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors and American Architectural Foundation. Creative Placemaking has also been translated into Korean (Arts Council Korea, 2014).