Table of Contents


Laura Choi, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco


Lyz Crane, ArtPlace America


Jeremy Liu & Victor Rubin, PolicyLink

How Organizations Evolve When Community Development Embraces Arts and Culture

The integration of arts into community development has taken root and changed the ways community development organizations strategize across culture and leadership. This article explores how internal restructuring can support the deep incorporation of arts and culture into the daily fabric of the organization.

Victor Rubin, PolicyLink

Arts and Culture from the Inside, Not Just on the Outside

On its journey to integrate arts and culture into its core operations and connect more deeply with visitors and area residents, the Jackson Medical Mall discovered that its staff was its most impactful cultural asset.

daniel johnson, Significant Developments

“The Way We Work”: Integrating Arts and Culture into an Organization

A rural theater artist partners with Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership and highlights the value of trusting the creative process, taking risks, and investing the necessary time.

Ashley Hanson, Department of Public Transformation

Dialogue on Organizational Growth and Change

This conversation explores how the integration of artistic practice into community development efforts spurred personal transformation and organizational growth and change.

Erica Reed and Mahalia Wright, Jackson Medical Mall Foundation; Chelsea Alger and Ashley Hanson, Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership; Facilitated by Victor Rubin, PolicyLink

Building Capacity for Creative Community Development

NeighborWorks America is building capacity within community development nonprofits by expanding its training, outcome evaluation, and peer learning offerings to more fully support work at the intersection of arts and community development.

Paul Singh, NeighborWorks America

Lessons on Collaborative Practice between Artists and Community Developers

This essay examines how community developers designed collaborative practices between their organizations and artists, from bringing creative expressions of local history to new audiences, to facilitating internal strategic planning.

Alexis Stephens, PolicyLink

The Connection between Public Space and Cultural Resources: Reflections on our work in Strawberry Mansion

Community-driven, arts-based facilitation, in partnership with community development organizations, can grow in impact. A holistic process rooted in the arts helped transform an underutilized park into a community space that fosters dialogue and relationship-building.

Martha O’Connell, Keir Johnston, Ernel Martinez, and Linda Fernandez, Amber Art and Design

Mimes and Road Construction: An Unlikely Partnership for Community Investment

What might happen if unlikely partners came together to solve a problem and had room to experiment? MimeSpenard, a creative placemaking project that took place in Anchorage, Alaska answered these questions in black and white. With, well, a pop of red.

Enzina Marrari, Kendall|Marrari

Dialogue on Working with Artists

This conversation explores the dynamics and practical realities of collaborative practice between community development organizations and artists.

Adela Park and Ellen Ryan, Fairmount Park Conservancy; Candace Blas and Sezy Gerow-Hanson, Cook Inlet Housing Authority; Facilitated by Alexis Stephens, PolicyLink

Culture and Creativity Are Fundamental to Resilient Communities

Community development strategies that honor cultural identity and facilitate creative expression—often led by artists, designers, and culture bearers—can increase social cohesion and resilience.

Laurel Blatchford and Nella Young, Enterprise Community Partners

Outcomes in Communities of Arts and Cultural Strategies: The Role of Organizing and Engagement

The integration of arts and culture into the processes of community development organizing and engagement transformed the scope of organizational outcomes.

Jeremy Liu and Lorrie Chang, PolicyLink

Ibasho: A Place of Belonging1

Sustainable Little Tokyo’s project ART@341FSN demonstrates the power of artists and arts-based strategies in advocating for Little Tokyo’s culture, history, and future.

Scott Oshima, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center

From Zuni Art to The Sky is the Limit!

An artist’s journey to help center Zuni culture in the design, building, and programming of a park and community center, in the process, transformed and empowered a community to shape their future.

Daryl Shack, Sr.

Dialogue on Organizing and Strengthening Social Fabric

An exploration of how strengthening the social fabric and promoting the cultural identity of communities can advance progress toward youth development and neighborhood preservation.

Grant Sunoo and Dominique Miller, Little Tokyo Service Center; Tom Faber and Joseph Claunch, Zuni Youth Enrichment Project; Facilitated by Lorrie Chang, PolicyLink

Integrating Arts and Culture into Community Development to Improve Outcomes

Arts and cultural strategies can innovatively address challenges with social cohesion, spur economic development, and produce positive effects in the built environment that benefit current residents.

Maurice Jones, Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Creating Process for Change

A theater script that reflects on creative process and shares lessons learned from working with community development organizations and arts practitioners across fields and geographies.

Michael Rohd, Rebecca Martínez, Soneela Nankani, Sara Sawicki, and Shannon Scrofano, Center for Performance and Civic Practice

Leading Change: Reflections from Chief Executives of CDI Organizations

Leaders reflect on what motivated them to incorporate arts and cultural strategies into their agencies, how it changed their approach to leadership, and the differences it made for their communities.

Carol Gore, Cook Inlet Housing Authority; Dean Matsubayashi, Little Tokyo Service Center; Primus Wheeler, Jackson Medical Mall Foundation; Joseph Claunch, Zuni Youth Enrichment Project; Jamie Gauthier, Fairmount Parks Conservancy; Kristie Blankenship, Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership; Facilitated by Jamie Bennett, ArtPlace America

Community History, Identity, and Social Change: Reflections from Researchers on the Potential of Arts & Culture

Researchers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds take stock of how we could advance the systematic understanding of the role of arts and culture in community development and social movements through research.

Chris Johnson and Tina Takemoto, California College of the Arts; Mindy Fullilove, The New School; Jennifer Scott, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and University of Illinois, Chicago; Michael Rios, University of California, Davis; Facilitated by Victor Rubin and Jeremy Liu, PolicyLink

Multiple Ways of Knowing: Translating Outcomes Between the Arts and Community Development

This article reflects on the history of research in creative placemaking and lessons learned from ArtPlace’s ongoing research strategies.

Jamie Hand, ArtPlace America

Creative Placemaking in Government: Past and Future

The National Endowment for the Arts celebrates 10 years of strengthening communities across America through investments and support of creative placemaking projects.

Mary Anne Carter, National Endowment for the Arts

State Policy Innovations to Support Creative Placemaking

Innovations at the intersection of cultural and community development policy can create the conditions for successful creative placemaking work.

Kelly Barsdate and Ryan Stubbs, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies; Frank Woodruff and Jeremy Brownlee, National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations

Do I Need Special Glasses? Seeing Arts and Culture as Part of Community Development for Financial Institutions

An exploration into various ways financial institutions can support investments into arts and culture by aligning them with community development frameworks and institutions.

Deborah Kasemeyer, Northern Trust

CultureBank: A Vision for a New Investment System

Arts organizations should focus on developing the conditions for new futures to emerge. As a society, we must value the essential role the artist plays as a key collaborator in community investment.

Deborah Cullinan, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; Penelope Douglas, CultureBank

Widening the Lens: Arts, Culture, and an Equitable Future for All Communities

Michael McAfee, president and CEO of PolicyLink, and Rip Rapson, president and CEO of the Kresge Foundation and Chair of the Funders Council of ArtPlace America, explore why arts and culture strategies are central to equitable development and racial justice.

Michael McAfee, PolicyLink; Rip Rapson, Kresge Foundation