How To Do Creative Placemaking
In 2009, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) decided to focus on the role of arts organizations, artists, and designers in making better places and decided to call it “creative placemaking.” It’s a term that basically means giving the arts a seat at the community development table. In other words, when you are focusing on a new real estate development, transit opportunities, safety issues, public health crises, or other issues that impact how a place affects a resident’s life, the arts should be one of the tools you consider using. You might know how to work with housing nance tools, or road engineering tools, or zoning—this book is to help you understand what are the tools for arts-based community development. It’s a primer, and a scan of where some of the best thinking is in 2016. It’s meant to help get you started.