By definition, creative placemaking is the integration of arts, culture, and community-engaged design.  A recent Kresge Foundation report, Creative Placemaking Case Study: North Collinwood, demonstrates how creative placemaking resulted in the invigoration of post-industrial neighborhoods and catalyzed equitable, community-driven development.  The report conveys that when key stakeholders — residents, nonprofits, developers, and local government — worked together to invigorate low-income neighborhoods using local creative assets as drivers of change, the process ended up addressing many of the systemic barriers faced by low-income residents and served as a bulwark against the displacement that sometimes occurs when rising property values price out longtime residents.  For example, the Northeast Shores Development Corporation and the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture worked to identify indigenous cultural assets, integrate local artists into the community through property ownership, and initiate artist-led community projects.  Charleston, West Virginia can learn from the findings of this report.  Read more in the full report.

Source: Philanthropy News Digest