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Our Work

Creative Placemaking

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.

Kazenodaichi Taiko Ensemble performs at the 3rd Annual Toledo International Film Festival.
Kazenodaichi Taiko Ensemble performs at the 3rd Annual Toledo International Film Festival.

What we believe

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.

In 2018, LISC Toledo & its partners reached over 5,400 neighborhood residents with Creative Placemaking projects

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.

What we offer

  • Financing for creative placemaking projects through loans, grants, and equity investments.
  • Technical assistance for local community groups to integrate the arts and culture into their revitalization activities.
  • Research and learning opportunities for community groups and funders to understand and support more enduring, equitable placemaking programs.


Sarah Allan