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Today is a big day for creative placemaking here at the Arts Endowment, as we are launching some long- anticipated new resources for folks around the country who care about arts-based community development. They include the Exploring Our Town online resource, the pilot of a funding stream to...
“The arts belong to us all, and there is a menu of options of ways to be involved in the arts. That's what's so great about the arts.” – Jane Chu Jane Chu has had a busy August making her first official Art Works visits as NEA Chair. Starting close to home, Jane visited...
Norman Bel Geddes perhaps isn’t the best embodiment of the NEA’s notion of creative placemaking. Rather than communities centered on art, the designer envisioned a world centered on the automobile, filled with expressways, multi-tiered bridges, and parking lots as far as the eye could...
“[W]e all have the power to change our surroundings, we all have the power to tend to something overlooked, unlovely, or in need of repair in our neighborhoods, and we all have the power to make our place better.” – Laura Zabel I’m always interested in reciprocity between...
Natalie Chanin sitting on bench.
Alabama Chanin , the fashion brand helmed by designer Natalie Chanin, is headquartered in a spacious former textile-manufacturing factory, which includes not just a design and production studio but also...
African-American man standing in front of his mural.
“What… is an old black doctor doing wheatpasting images of Navajo people along the roadside on the reservation?” According to a blog post Dr. Chip Thomas wrote last year, that’s...
Design is not a fine art but a social art, always facing outward toward other people. The building, the playground, the toothbrush, the smart device, the shoe only become that imagined something better if people use it. It gives design its power as a “consequential endeavor.” I believe...
Interest has grown significantly from governments around the world in design as a methodology for connecting new ideas with people’s needs, reducing risk, and shaping public services and policies. In late 2013, I was fortunate to undertake a study trip to America looking at how design methods...
This month we kick off Learning From Abroad , a webinar series focusing on international design issues. The first webinar will take place Wednesday, March 19 at 1:00 pm ET, and will focus on the finalists of the 2013-2014 World Design Impact Prize. The following is a guest post on the prize from...
"It's been often said that architecture is frozen music; the idea of crescendos and diminuendos, pulsation of space, the rhythm as you move through [a building]. I don't design from the sense of photography; I design from the sense of movement as you pass through the buildings."...

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