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"creative placemaking"

Construction Zone by flickr user Matt Mansfield When people talk about research being catalytic, they tend to downplay the chemical nature of the reaction: sparks will fly. At the NEA, Chairman Rocco Landesman has relied heavily on research and evaluation to guide new policies and programs. Of...
June 12, 2012 
by Christian Johansson, Maryland Secretary of Business and Economic Development The Arts & Entertainment District Program of the Maryland State Arts Council utilizes the arts to spur revitalization in communities across the state. Twenty specially designated districts that are...
The Pollinators in Lawrence, Kansas. The mural was commissioned by the Spencer Museum of Art as part of a retrospective of the work of muralist and Kansas native Aaron Douglas (1899-1979). Photo by Dave Loewenstein At the NEA, we have just completed the panels that reviewed this year's round of...
Theaster Gates. Photo by Lloyd DeGrane, University of Chicago Magazine "Artists have to live passionately and deeply, share what they want, do what they can." --- Theaster Gates As you'll learn in the interview below, for Theaster Gates , there is no clear division between canvas and...
Here I am in Evanston meeting with local civic and arts leaders about the city's Our Town project. Photos by Eric Palmer, City of Evanston, Illinois. Last week I was in Chicago for a tour of two great projects: the Our Town grant we made to the City of Evanston , and then an ArtPlace-supported...
The original CSPS Hall (top), built in 1891, has been restored by Legion Arts. Below, the building during the renovation process. Top photo coutesy of Legion Arts; bottom photo by Mel Andringa For a multidisciplinary presenting organization dedicated to contemporary, cutting-edge art, Legion Arts...
In this week’s podcast, we explore creative placemaking in Miami, Florida. Miami is claiming its place as a vibrant cultural center thanks to the generosity of funders like the Knight Foundation, and the hard work and dedication of a number of visionaries. These include Scott Cunningham, who...
Washington, DC Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate in Chicago's Millenium Park. Photo by Santi Diaz via Flickr The University of Chicago is running a series of symposia on the future of the city and all its dimensions. Last week I attended the second one, which was on the arts and the future of the...
Washington, DC Different Strokes / The Chicago Bean by papalars via flickr A growing number of us, by choice or by vocation, are in the habit of discussing the arts in empirical terms. Whether it's a matter of public policy, justifying one's own activity as an artist or arts professional,...
Washington, DC Times Square Fisheye , courtesy of Randy Le'Moine Photography via Flickr What draws young talent to a town or city? Going one step further, what attracts them to a particular zone or neighborhood? The answers, if known, would excite many a corporate recruiter. True, we may never...

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