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Artistic and cultural activities strengthen a community, particularly when they reveal and celebrate its character and identity. At LISC Toledo, we support residents coming together to make social, physical and economic changes in their neighborhoods through arts and culture.
This is known as creative placemaking, the vital spark that celebrates the life of a neighborhood, making it a place where things are happening and people want to be. Nationally, LISC launched a creative placemaking program, with major funding from The Kresge Foundation, because we believe that providing space for creativity and culture to flourish in disinvested neighborhoods is as important to comprehensive community development as is meeting basic needs. LISC Toledo is excited to be part of this national effort.
We believe creative placemaking can and must be inclusive and equitable to everyone, reflecting the hopes, dreams, and desires of community members, including traditionally marginalized groups.
It works best when embedded in a broader program of community development that addresses affordable housing, education, health, and safety. LISC Toledo's core creative placemaking goal is to leverage the unique power of arts and culture to empower people to build vibrant, resilient, and socially connected communities in the places they call home.