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In a 2011 interview with architect Jeanne Gang, the New York Times praised the newly minted MacArthur Fellow’s “habit of coaxing lyricism out of rigor in many of her designs.”...
To those that have been following what is going on in the creative placemaking corner of the arts world, there are probably a lot of questions at the moment about what the NEA's next steps will be regarding our creative placemaking work. In the spirit of openness and oversharing, I want to let...
Every couple of months, in a city somewhere in the U.S., a small group of mayors gathers with a small group of design professionals. Over a couple of days, they brainstorm solutions to some of the most significant design and planning challenges facing our cities. The format is simple: mayors each...
In 1986 as an independent clothing designer new to the world of retail, I was looking for ways to market my one-of-a-kind designs. Noticing an ad for a craft show in Lexington, I attended not knowing what to expect. I was definitely not a stranger to craft shows but this was a different model...
Although he neither directs, paints, nor performs, Bing Thom has influenced more musical performances, theater productions, and visual arts exhibit than perhaps can be tallied. Since founding Bing Thom Architects in 1982, the Vancouver-based architect has designed a slew of cultural projects around...
One of the neatest things about working at the NEA is seeing how many different ways a dollar can be transformed into art. For instance, the $4.725 million we awarded to our 2013 Our Town grantees will eventually be turned into a mural festival in Honolulu, public opera programs in Nashville, and a...
When I was in school back in the 1970s and 80s, industrial design meant creating mass-manufactured products. The prevailing question was How do you make the perfect cup or chair or sports car? The challenge was clear: make better, more efficient, more beautiful stuff. That kind of design still...
What do you imagine when you think of the suburbs? Tract houses? Strip malls? Subdivisions that look numbingly alike? A new breed of architect is imagining a totally new vision for suburban life. From ways to use setbacks as sites for additional housing stock to a renewed emphasis on shared public...
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...

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