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Arts & Culture

Comprehensive Community Development follows in the footsteps of asset-based community development and the "community-building" movement of the 1990s.  Practitioners found that community arts and cultural assets were central to both, and they remain so within comprehensive community development. 

Across the country, community builders have enlisted the help of arts and cultural organizations, artists, creative residents, arts businesses, and others to foster cultural expression, advance economic development, create visually attractive communities, strengthen education, and increase social ties among residents.

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Practitioner Resources

The Arts & Culture resources are organized into these categories:

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More Than Storefronts
New publication from LISC explores the intersection of creative placemaking and community economic development
From Pop-Ups to Park Benches
5 ways to activate empty spaces in your community
Creative Placemaking Resources to Get You Started or Grow Your Practice
Where to find the tips, tools and resources you need for arts and culture revitalization strategies
Working With Lots: A Field Guide
Vacant lots never looked so good.
Museums, Libraries and Comprehensive Initiatives: A First Look At Emerging Experience
A new national report examines how museums and libraries influence revitalization efforts in their neighborhoods
Creative Placemaking for Every Community
Development centered on local heritage and culture resonates in rural communities.
Delve Deeper into Arts Activation for your Downtown
Webinar on how artists and art strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities, and how cities incorporating art into their community and economic development programs.
Exploring Our Town
This website from the National Endowment for the Arts gives guidance and inspiration for arts-based community development work, based on more than 65 case studies from the NEA Our Town program.
ArtPlace America is Accepting Applications for its National Grants Program
The application process for ArtPlace America's National Grants Program is now open until November 3, 2014.
"How a Virginia City Came Together to Build a New Library"
How the new library in P etersburg, Va. helped meet the needs of a struggling community.
Parks and Arts, A Natural Pair: Roanoke, VA
How can a small city increase access to the arts and create opportunities for its local artists outside of traditional venues?
Temporary Public Art Installations to Animate Vacant Spaces: Phoenix, AZ
Exploring Our Town Profile: How can temporary public art projects help change perceptions about a city’s vacant lots and bolster a developing cultural district?
"Building Communities, One Art Project at a Time"
An article, published by Nonprofit Quarterly, on the Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling in West Harlem, NY, a partnership between the nonprofit social service Broadway Housing…
Arts and Economic Development on Main Street: Stone Mountain, GA
Exploring Our Town Profile: How did a small town take advantage of abandoned buildings in its downtown area to grow arts opportunities and its local economy?
Webinar on Museum / Library Community Engagement
A webinar that explores the relatively new idea of musuems and libraries becoming a main player in local community development efforts, including case studies in Pittsburgh and Hartford.
Revitalizing Station North with Art and Design: Baltimore, MD
Exploring Our Town Profile: How can a distressed urban area capitalize on its creative artists, organization and institutions to create a vibrant destination for residents and visitors alike?
ArtsWave supports Place Matters
From cooking programs to Shakepearean plays, five communities in Greater Cincinatti and Northern Kentucky are using arts activities for neighborhood revitalization.
Creative Placemaking: Thinking Out Loud
A series of blog posts from LISC's Erik Takeshita and others that explore what creative placemaking offers to community development and how to get the most from this approach to arts and culture in…
Irrigate: Year One
A video and the website for an artist-led creative placemaking initiative in St. Paul that has done more than 100 different local installations across a dozen neighborhoods.
Art Works Blog
The blog of the federal National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works aims to "enrich public understanding of what art is and how art works in our communities."
Artscape DIY
An online resource that goes deep and wide in providing hands-on resources, ideas, templates, videos, advice and more for creative placemaking.
Animating Democracy
The Arts & Social Change Mapping Initiative maps and highlights the spectrum of ways the arts are being activated to engage people and make change.
Arts and Democracy Project
The Arts and Democracy Project works to link arts and culture, participatory democracy, and social justice through cultural organizing and cross-sector collaborations.
The nation's largest developer of artist live-work space, Artspace has been involved with nearly 2,000 live-work units across the country.
The Center for the Study of Arts and Community
A resource for community groups and their allies, specializing in the development and assessment of arts-based community partnerships and in training for artists and their community partners.

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