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Arts & Culture: Physical Transformation

Creative placemaking can be a powerful tool to change the trajectory of a low-income community by literally changing the neighborhood.

The physical transformation of a community through arts and culture can include murals, public sculpture, facade redesign on local businesses, and renovation of buildings into theaters, galleries, artist studios, live-work space for artists and more.

Utilizing arts and culture in the process of revitalizing a community brings ideas, energy, opportunity and even possible new partners and funding to the work.

From Pop-Ups to Park Benches
5 ways to activate empty spaces in your community
Working With Lots: A Field Guide
Vacant lots never looked so good.
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.
"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.
Artscape DIY
An online resource that goes deep and wide in providing hands-on resources, ideas, templates, videos, advice and more for creative placemaking.
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 Promise of Arts-based Community Development"
A three-page introduction to the impact of art projects and neighborhood beautification efforts in low-income and minority communities.
Research on Artists' Live-Work Spaces
Published materials on the importance of artists' live-work spaces.
"Creative Placemaking"
A seminal report from 2010 defines "creative placemaking" and gives examples and strategies for practioners and supporters.
"Cultivating 'Natural' Cultural Districts"
A documentation of the value of NOCD-NY, an alliance of community members formed to revitalize New York neighborhoods.
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