Community Development Investment Review

December 2014

Creative Placemaking: How to Do It Well


In four years, Our Town, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), has invested more than $21 million in creative placemaking in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. ArtPlace America—an unprecedented consortium of foundations with national bank partners and government agencies serving as strategic advisors—has invested $56.8 million in projects where art-making improves community or place. The Kresge Foundation has adopted this framework for all of their arts funding. And both the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the US Department of Education have revised funding guidelines to encourage arts strategies as part of the Choice and Promise neighborhood programs. These are other examples of creative placemaking strategies are explored.

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