A good community garden is a space that nurtures hope, natural abundance, and growth, and eventually moves beyond food and into the realm of relationship-building that can help sustain healthy communities.
The arts have a long history of highlighting social issues and creating public conversation that results in measurable change. As an arts administrator with...
An Interview with Chokwe Lumumba, mayor of Jackson, Mississippi
Four representatives of New York City organizations discuss their employment of art and artists to empower residents in the face of gentrification.
If artists are going to bring their creative problem-solving selves to projects, they need to get involved when the problem is being identified.
Techniques from the arts world can help us envision and re-envision relationships and systems to spot stress points and opportunities within communities.
A tribal college program works to preserve crucial Native American cultural elements while training indigenous women to step into leadership roles in their communities.
Restoring a community's culturally significant site in Albuquerque to be a true economic resource as well as a source of healing.
Just the inherent language of community “transformation” signals that what has come before is not worth holding on to, and renders the history of these public housing sites insignificant.
When the federal government required the mills of Cohoes to hire “colored” workers or lose war contracts, the mills relented but Cohoes maintained its segregation. Workers of color settled across the river in North Troy.
The front porch is a space in-between our private family space and our more public spaces where we create our own definition of “community.” In many parts of Chicago, this space is often a battleground.
ArtsBlog (the blog of Americans for the Arts) recently hosted a forum called: “So, Does Size Matter?” The short answer is hell yes it...
An arts collaboration comes up with a creative spark to facilitate discussions about neighborhood change.
In a year-long program that included bike rides, serenades, and Dragtivist performances, an art collective guided Brownsville, Texas, residents in reimagining how they could influence equity and justice in their city.
Creative placemaking means more than merely adding public art into the mix. To be sustainable it needs to build relationships—and power.
Arts programs at one public housing development in Seattle have eased the challenges of redevelopment by helping residents define what the community means to them.
The North Pole opens discussion between residents of gentrifying neighborhoods and elevates the personal stories and memories of those being displaced.
Moving into a newly adapted space usually entails a leap in operations—not a slow, steady climb.
With all the news of downward trends in rural America, this rural sociologist says he finally has something to smile about.
A discussion about honoring the history of a place while actively working to encourage its growth and foster positive change.