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Creative Placemaking in Words and Pictures

This August, we highlighted LISC's creative placemaking work in locales across the country, funded in large part by a grant from The Kresge Foundation. Here's a roundup of all the stories you might have missed. 

Shedding Light on a Community's Creativity

What does it take to create a neighborhood gathering place that’s beautifully designed and reflects a community's history and aspirations? In Providence, RI, it took months of give and take among community members, architecture students at the Rhode Island School of Design, the city and LISC. The result is an urban lawn and a translucent pavilion that lights up like a beacon at night, piquing curiosity and signaling possibilities.

The SouthLight Design-Build project in Providence, RI was a collaboration between community arts leaders, the Rhode Island School of Design, residents, the City and LISC.
The SouthLight Design-Build project in Providence, RI was a collaboration between community arts leaders, the Rhode Island School of Design, residents, the City and LISC.

More than Storefronts: Insights into Creative Placemaking and Community Economic Development

A new report from LISC’s Creative Placemaking team looks at how our investments in artists, art-related businesses and cultural organizations have fueled economic development in surrounding communities. An investigation into six programs, in places ranging from rural Louisiana to New Haven, Connecticut, reveal that arts and culture can form a critical strand in a comprehensive economic strategy and strengthen the social fabric and dynamism of a community at the same time.


Arts from the African Diaspora Finds a Home at Bed Stuy Restoration

When their former home in Downtown Brooklyn was approved for demolition in order to make room for a new residential sky-rise in 2014, the Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance faced an uncertain future. Fortunately, that period of uncertainty is coming to an end with the renovation of a new space at RestorationART, the cultural centerpiece of the first community development corporation in the nation, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.

Nathan Trice, Co-Director of RestorationART’s ChoreoQuest Program, performing at the 2017 Afro-Pas de Deux festival at the Billy Holiday Theatre.
Nathan Trice, Co-Director of RestorationART’s ChoreoQuest Program, performing at the 2017 Afro-Pas de Deux festival at the Billy Holiday Theatre.

How Arts and Culture Can Catalyze Rural Development

In an interview for Rural Voices, a publication of the Housing Assistance Council, Bob Reeder, Rural LISC's director for national programs, discusses the importance of inclusion, diversity and economic equity when bringing arts and culture into community development efforts. With those key ingredients, creative placemaking can be a winning proposition for rural revitalization.


More on Creative Placemaking

Artistic and cultural activities strengthen a community, particularly when they reveal and celebrate its character and identity. At LISC, we support residents coming together to make social, physical and economic changes in their neighborhoods through the arts and culture.
 

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