Special Features

Satori Shakoor

How storytelling heals and strengthens communities

In April of 2014, Damian Woetzel and the Aspen Institute Arts Program convened a Strategy Group in Detroit. This convening brought together local and national experts: artists and leaders in arts,...


Laura Zabel

Welcome to Creative Exchange (again)

“I believe in the magic of storytelling, not only for teller but also the listener,” says agrarian artist Nikiko Masumoto, who lives and works in California’s Central Valley....


Antonio Y Antonia

How place and cultural assets can come to define a community's long-term goals for revitalization

These stories are brought to you by a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the NEA’s Our Town program. Most Angelenos perceive Willowbrook and the adjacent communities of Watts...


JoAnn, Last Chance

What role can the arts take in harnessing the wisdom of rural communities?

These stories are brought to you by a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the NEA’s Our Town program. With fewer than 20 residents, Last Chance is the smallest community funded...


Power House

How public art builds safer, stronger neighborhoods

In April of 2014, Damian Woetzel and the Aspen Institute Arts Program convened a Strategy Group in Detroit. This convening brought together local and national experts: artists and leaders in arts,...


Jun-Li Wang leads an Observation Tour

Artists as community leaders

What a journey! Three years ago, Springboard for the Arts launched Irrigate, a creative placemaking project in partnership with the City of Saint Paul and the Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support...


Freddy Sam

Revitalizing Baltimore's Station North with art and design

These stories are brought to you by a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the NEA’s Our Town program. How can a distressed urban area capitalize on its creative artists,...


Festival view

How planning for the arts be used strategically to augment current neighborhood planning efforts

These stories are brought to you by a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the NEA’s Our Town program. The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (JCNI), a nonprofit...


Lauren Reskin

Inspiring quotes from Creative Exchange

Since Creative Exchange launched in March, we’ve published 28 different artist profiles, featuring people working in communities across the United States. These artists come from all kinds of...


Creative Interventions Tour, Detroit

Creative Exchange Toolkits & Resources Hangout Recap & Video

Thursday afternoon (morning still, if you were out on the West Coast) was the first Creative Exchange Hangout – a live video conversation with the artists and creators featured on...


Montgomery, NY

How can artists and farmers work together to expand the local rural economy?

These stories are brought to you by a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the NEA’s Our Town program. Montgomery, NY has a longstanding agricultural tradition,...


Mosaic Youth Theatre

How the arts inspire change in Detroit

In April of 2014, Damian Woetzel and the Aspen Institute Arts Program convened a Strategy Group in Detroit. This convening brought together local and national experts: artists and leaders in arts,...


Squaxin Island Tribe campus

How artist workshops helped revitalize Pacific Northwest Natives' community identity

These stories are brought to you by a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the NEA’s Our Town program. For the Native American tribes of the Pacific Northwest, modernization has...


Erik Takeshita at the Irrigate Celebration

Arts and culture: A superpower to help people and places prosper

On my business card it says: “Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) – Helping people and places prosper.” Community development organizations like LISC have learned that if we just help...


Inviting spaces welcome everyone to the Village

How a small town used abandoned buildings downtown to grow its arts opportunities and local economy

These stories are brought to you by a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the NEA’s Our Town program. For Stone Mountain, an Atlanta bedroom community with a history of racial...


Parks and Arts, Roanoke

How can a small city increase access to the arts and create opportunities for its local artists?

These stories are brought to you by a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the NEA’s Our Town program. For a city with a well-developed park system, but with limited...


Carl Atiya Swanson with his grandparents

Being together is a wonderful thing

——————————————————— My grandparents recently celebrated their 60th wedding...


POP at DanceAfrica DC 2013

How can artistic programming in DC help to strengthen the image of a neighborhood in transition?

These stories are brought to you by a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the NEA’s Our Town program. For an area of Washington DC that has long been faced with...


Wilson Whirligig Park

How can an arts restoration effort help to support the development of a small city like Wilson, NC?

These stories are brought to you by a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the NEA’s Our Town program. Creative people are doing incredible work to strengthen American...


Jason Schupbach

National Endowment for the Arts announces partnership with Creative Exchange

  Creative Placemaking Before I jump into telling you about the stories, let me nerd-out a little bit and give you some background.  The NEA has a new(ish) program called Our...


The Joy of Toolkits

When I was a kid I loved getting a new box of Legos. There was a great rush of satisfaction in making all the little pieces come together to look like the thing that was on the box, to...