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To celebrate our latest round of Our Town grants to support creative placemaking projects, we asked our Twitter followers and Facebook fans to tell us what creative placemaking means in their communities. Read what they had to say and then add your own definition in the comments! "Through art...
As we recently announced our newest round of NEA Our Town grants to support creative placemaking projects across the country, we thought it would be fitting to take a look back at one of the projects that received support when the program debuted in 2011. In that inaugural round of funding, the...
World Maker Faire 2011 at the New York Hall of Science. Photo by Reuters/Andrew Kelly
Creation surrounds us. For years, people around the country have been crafting, tinkering, and making exceptional works that range from fire-breathing dragon sculptures to 3D printing to entire villages made...
Group of modular backyard second units in "Sited in the Setback: Increasing Density in Levittown," a winning proposal by Meri Tepper from the Build a Better Burb competition. Sited in the Setback, from Designing Suburban Futures, Island Press, 2013
For much of its existence, American suburbia has been considered an architectural wasteland. From shopping malls to McMansions to residential developments, suburbs from Connecticut to California look eerily similar and...
Today we announced the third round of Our Town grants . These will bring us up to 190(!) grants in all 50 states plus DC, with all shapes and sizes of communities doing creative placemaking. Some very cool new types of projects popped up this year. For the first time ever we're funding an opera...
"Creative placemaking for us---a small town on a state highway that's the main street---is really about economic development and about triggering a response in those traveling through the city of, 'Hey, there's something going on here and we should stop to explore it.'...
Matthew Fluharty (left) with Michael Strand at the June 2013 Rural Arts and Culture Summit. Photo by Michele Anderson Hosted by the University of Minnesota, Morris' Center for Small Towns and Minneapolis's Springboard for the Arts , the Rural Arts and Culture Summit took place June 5 and 6...
Thursday was an exciting night for the field of social impact design---a term that refers to design work that benefits the broader public good. A year after the Social Impact Design Summit brought together 35 social impact design thought leaders, practitioners, and academics, the Smithsonian’...
Where do you find public art? Do you see it every day, in murals in your neighborhood or an art installation on your campus? Have you traveled to visit destinations like Mount Rushmore or Cloud Gate in Chicago's Millennium Park? There is a new tool to help you find public art--- the Public Art...
n today's sneak peek from the latest issue of NEA Arts --- Arts and Culture at the Core: A Look at Creative Placemaking ---Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwa Nicodemus, co-authors of Creative Placemaking answer the question of how to get started. Ann Markusen "One of the mistaken beliefs among...

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