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Creative Placemaking

LISC Twin Cities leverages art and culture to accelerate traditional community development outcomes in neighborhoods where residents with low-incomes and communities of color can benefit.

Find more on our learnings and impact in our 2018 Creative Placemaking Review.

Working with community partners we fund positive physical, economic, and social improvements in neighborhoods. This includes creating a physical environment that residents and business owners take pride in and that is welcoming to visitors. Small business ownership and the jobs those businesses provide help create wealth building opportunities. This strategy also celebrates a community’s unique cultural assets and helps build social connection.

In 2015, LISC Twin Cities was selected as part of national LISC’s Creative Placemaking program funded by The Kresge Foundation. This allowed us to go deeper with partners including, Juxtapostion Arts in North Minneapolis, African Economic Development Solutions and Asian Economic Development Association in Saint Paul’s Central Corridor.

We have also expanded our Creative Placemaking program through COACTION.

Central Corridor as Cultural Corridor (C4)

In 2011, LISC Twin Cities partnered with Springboard for the Arts and the City of Saint Paul to develop Irrigate as an artist-led creative placemaking initiative along Saint Paul’s Central Corridor. In 2013, LISC Twin Cities launched the Central Corridor as Cultural Corridor (C4) program to support seven community partners in building their creative placemaking capacity during and immediately following construction of the Green Line light rail.

C4 Partners: