White Papers + Reports
Center for Community Progress strives to foster strong, equitable communities where vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties are transformed into assets for neighbors and neighborhoods. In Phase One, Community Progress engaged Metris Arts Consulting to support a project that helped four cities identify challenges to using creative placemaking on vacant properties to foster equitable revitalization. Interdisciplinary cohorts from four cities participated in learning exchanges to gain knowledge and tools, and Community Progress gained new insights into the relationship between local priorities and creative placemaking for vacant property revitalization. In Phase Two, Metris is supporting Community Progress in a national scan to explore a wider range of creative placemaking projects on problem properties and especially focus on regulatory challenges and solutions. Both phases of the project advance field building by sharing lessons learned to mobilize a national audience. Phase One ended in a publicly-facing report for national audiences synthesizing findings from the peer exchanges, site visits, and peer-learning event. Phase Two will also culminate in a report that synthesizes key findings from surveys and interviews.
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Part of a series of reports and case studies commissioned by LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation), Not Just Murals: Insights into Artists’ Leadership in Community Development dives into the effect artists can have as leaders in their community. The report examines the nurturing of artists to be leaders, the challenges and opportunities they face, and profiles the work of many artists across the country. Not Just Murals draws upon a literature review, interviews with 15 artistsÂ leading in different facets of community development, and conversations with experts who have unique insights into regional and national context and trends. The interviews and examples draw heavily from two locales in the LISC network that are exceptionally fertile ground for artists taking up the mantle of leadership in community development, Minnesotaâ€™s Twin Cities and Philadelphia, as well as several projects and artists in the South that have received support from Alternate ROOTS, aÂ regional arts service organization that provides artist leaders with training and resources at the intersection of arts and social justice.
The first in a series of reports and case studies commissioned by LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation), More than Storefronts: Insights into Creative Placemaking and Community Economic Development 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.
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).