Creative Placemaking

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…


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,…


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…


IRRIGATE: Artist-Led Community Development

Cities and neighborhoods need creative thinking. Particularly when communities are facing big challenges, artists see opportunity in challenge, beauty in chaos and have practical skills and creative…


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,…


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 foundation…


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,…


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,…


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…


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…


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…


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 opportunities…


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…


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 communities…


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…


[freespace]

[freespace] began in San Francisco in June 2013, inspired by the National Day of Civic Hacking and a landlord who gifted a 14,000 square foot warehouse to a group of organizers for $1. These…


Neighborhood Postcard Project

Perceptions of marginalized communities often form from single media sources. All you see on the news is the violence, drugs, and poverty. But, there are many positive stories that exist in these…


Block Party In A Box

The Block Party In A Box resource kit is helping people to plan & execute block parties without breaking a sweat. The ebook includes a step-by-step manual and a dozen printable resources…


The Road To A Community Plan

Creating a community plan that is strategic about engagement & provides opportunities for underrepresented groups to be involved can be a daunting proposal, but is critical to effective…


YOUR IDEA HERE: A Toolkit for Unlocking the Community Potential of Vacant Storefronts

Empty storefront retail space is an issue facing many neighborhoods across the country, and once that often requires collaboration between neighborhood councils, commercial property owners and…