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Creative Placemaking and Expansion of Opportunity: Observations and Reflections

July 18, 2018

This paper examines critical needs or opportunities to help the Creative Placemaking field continue taking root in community planning, and to better contribute to expanded opportunity and equity in low-income communities. Several years into the advancement of Creative Placemaking, the language and general premise are taking hold. The term is now widespread in the arts and culture field, and increasingly in community development and urban planning. Yet critical gaps in the field must be addressed if Creative Placemaking is to flourish and be an integral part of community development.

Building Community: Making Space for Art

October 1, 2011

Examines the role of the arts in communities; artists working in community development, education, health, or environmental fields; and contemporary art spaces in community planning and revitalization strategies.

Artist Space Development: Making the Case

April 18, 2008

Based on case studies, discusses the challenges advocates of artist space development face, the arguments they make to garner support, the strategic approaches they take, and what they achieve in making artist space a priority in community development.

Cultural Vitality in Communities: Interpretation and Indicators

December 1, 2006

This report introduces a definition of cultural vitality that includes the range of cultural activity people around the country find significant. We use this definition as a lens to clarify our understanding of data necessary, as well as the more limited data currently available, to document arts and culture in communities in a consistent, recurrent and reliable manner. Specifically, we define cultural vitality as evidence of creating, disseminating, validating, and supporting arts and culture as a dimension of everyday life in communities. We develop and recommend an initial set of arts and culture indicators derived from nationally available data, and compare selected metropolitan areas based on these measures. Policy and planning implications for use of the cultural vitality definition and related measures are discussed.

Arts and Culture in Communities: Unpacking Participation

November 1, 2003

Presents findings by the Urban Institute's Arts and Culture Indicators in Community Building Project on a range of arts and cultural participation within the context of various community building processes.

Arts and Culture in Communities: Systems of Support

November 1, 2003

Presents findings by the Urban Institute's Arts and Culture Indicators in Community Building Project on the characteristics of support systems that are most likely to produce opportunities for cultural engagement.

Arts and Culture in Communities: A Framework for Measurement

November 1, 2003

Offers a framework for capturing and measuring arts, culture, and creative expression at the neighborhood level. Discusses the presence of opportunities for cultural participation, impacts of participation, and support systems for cultural expression.

Investing in Creativity: A Study of the Support Structure for U.S. Artists

July 1, 2003

Documents and analyzes the environment of support for individual artists. Provides a framework for analysis of various dimensions of the support structure, nationally and in specific sites across the U.S. Includes support programs and policy initiatives.

Culture and Commerce

March 1, 2003

Illustrates the possibilities and challenges of making partnerships between economic development agencies and traditional arts organizations work. Examines the outcome of eight collaborations that were formed as part of a partnership funding initiative.

Community Partnerships for Cultural Participation: Concepts, Prospects, and Challenges

May 1, 1999

Evaluates the first year of the Wallace Foundation's Community Partnerships for Cultural Participation Initiative, which funded nine community foundations working to increase participation in the arts and culture in their communities.