An organization embarks on a community-driven design process to transform two vacant row homes into a site for residents, artists, and law enforcement to collaborate on new public safety strategies rooted in care rather than control.
An experimental learning opportunity allows formerly incarcerated individuals to use photography to explore ideas of freedom, complex relationships, and their personal experience with the criminal justice system.
ArtsBlog (the blog of Americans for the Arts) recently hosted a forum called: “So, Does Size Matter?” The short answer is hell yes it...
On Dec. 3, the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland became the deadliest in the city’s history, claiming the lives of 36 individuals. The warehouse...
Sustainability is about thriving, not just surviving. We will not thrive if we are poorly paid martyrs to a good cause, and thus, in a healthy, diverse and vital food system, some of our efforts might need to be directed to those who can pay nine dollars for a jar of pickles.
An Interview with Chokwe Lumumba, mayor of Jackson, Mississippi
Gentrification is not just physical displacement; it’s cultural appropriation across entire neighborhoods. Artists have an obligation not to participate.
I have seen a neighborhood eat itself for dinner
However difficult, altering one’s viewpoint of a community is a crucial step, because creative placemaking’s overarching goal is to reach everyone where they are, and you can’t do that if you begin with a well thought-out plan in hand.
Having had the experience of public art with no public involvement, a community organization set out to show there could be another way.
Techniques from the arts world can help us envision and re-envision relationships and systems to spot stress points and opportunities within communities.
Moving into a newly adapted space usually entails a leap in operations—not a slow, steady climb.
Art can be an economic engine for neighborhoods, but sometimes locally-based artists need some support to kick their businesses into gear, and community-based organizations are stepping up.
The Little Tokyo Service Center uses art to inspire activism, and increase awareness of the community’s cultural assets.
What's not to like about colorful art on utility boxes? Well, in some places that drab infrastructure might be performing informal community functions...
Its surprising that we must continually fight to make sure that the arts have a role in public schools, and prove that our low-income communities are worthy of arts and culture-related investments.
An in-depth look at the lessons one housing organization learned after receiving a multimillion grant to integrate arts and culture strategies in its work. Has the organization changed the way it operates?
Who has been behind the large increase in financial support for and attention to what has been termed "creative placemaking" over the past couple years, and why?
Preserving and fortifying longstanding culture is key to social cohesion in a community. How can we make sure it's given equal priority when planning for and funding redevelopment?
This is dedicated to that Little Girl who experienced the first part of life in such a hard way who used to retreat to her world...