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Creative Placemaking: Thinking Out Loud

In late 2013, LISC delved into its ongoing connection and commitment to creative placemaking in communities around the country to build a better understanding of how it can be a driving force in community development.

Creative placemaking is a relatively new term that describes a process where public, private and community partners strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood or town through arts and cultural activities.

As part of the 2014 Spotlight series on arts and culture, the Institute ran a series of posts to our Thinking Out Loud blog to discuss ideas and insights at the forefront of creative placemaking and community development.

Creative Placemaking: A Tour: A photo essay of programs, projects and people who are changing communities across the country with arts and culture.

How arts and culture can transform your community by Erik Takeshita: Creative placemaking is a powerful, arts-based approach to community development--with great examples already underway and plenty of room for growth.

The people in the place by Erik Takeshita: Creative placemaking works best when the community is at the heart of both the process and the product.

Community-led art: What it takes by Erik Takeshita: To get the best from creative placemaking, we need to build community-level knowledge, leadership and support.

Artists live here by Melissa Jones: By forging new connections with local artists, community developers can get more from planning and build a stronger, more lively community.

Creative placemaking 101 for community developers by Anne Gadwa Nicodemus: Look to the basic elements of creative placemaking to see why it’s an idea with so much momentum.

Arts and culture: A superpower to help people and places prosper by Erik Takeshita: From forging connections between people to supercharging a neighborhood economy, arts and culture have a unique role in supporting community development.

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