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Apply now for the Creative Counties Placemaking Challenge!

​National Association of Counties (NACo), in partnership with Americans for the Arts, has launched the Creative Counties Placemaking Challenge to train local leaders from rural and mid-sized counties on how to advance arts-based economic and community development. Teams that submit winning applications will attend an in-person, 2 ½-day training and peer exchange workshop on March 28 – 30, 2018 in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. First deadline to apply is October 13. Learn more and apply... Read more

Vacant Lot Transforms Into Sculpture Park in East Baltimore

Once a dumping ground for garbage, the vacant lot on Homestead Street in East Baltimore is now a beautiful sculpture park. Dubbed The Coldstream Homestead Montebello Sculpture Park, the new installment is part of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) and the Baltimore Office Baltimore Office of Sustainability’s Sustainability’s Growing Green Initiative’s Lots Alive grant program that supports the creation of temporary public art projects on vacant lots. Read more... Read more

How to Connect Impact Investors and Creative Placemaking

​ As more individuals and institutions move to mission-related investing, the moment could be ripe for bringing some of that capital to the field of arts and culture. A new report looks at how to bring more impact investing opportunities to the creative economy, and use that money to shape an equitable and sustainable field. Read more... Read more

Creative Places & Businesses: Catalyzing Growth in Communities

​Creative Places and Businesses are a critical yet under-recognized element of comprehensive community development. This report examines the importance of recognizing Creative Places and Businesses as a segment within community development equipped with shared definitions and standardized metrics; the ongoing need for technical assistance to build familiarity and expertise among community development lenders and capacity among Creative Place and Business borrowers; and the need for development of a robust ecosystem to enable impact capital to truly meet effective demand. Read... Read more

Art Works: Creativity Connects

This National Endowment for the Arts initiative shows how the arts contribute to the nation’s creative ecosystem, investigates how support systems for the arts are changing, explores how the arts can connect with other sectors that want and utilize creativity, and invests in innovative projects to spark new, collaborative ideas. A key component of Creativity Connects is a grant opportunity in the Art Works category that supports collaborative, mutually beneficial partnerships between the arts and non-arts sectors, specifically: Agriculture, Business... Read more

How to Do Creative Placemaking

This free ebook from the National Endowment for the Arts is an action-oriented guide for making places better. This book includes instructional and thought-provoking case studies and essays from today’s leading thinkers in creative placemaking. It describes the diverse ways that arts organizations and artists can play an essential role in the success of communities across America. Read free ebook... Read more
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