Creative Placemaking: Connecting Community Development and the Arts

Design/Relief is proud to be included in the Community Development Investment Review (Volume 10, Issue 2), a journal of The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco that features a number of ArtPlace America grantees, funders, scholars and experts in the field of creative placemaking. From a variety of perspectives–interviews and advocacy statements to case studies–the publication illustrates how artists and cultural institutions have an important role to play in neighborhood social and economic vitality. Inspiring stories demonstrate opportunities at the intersection of community development and the arts, highlighting the role of the creative economy, the challenge of cultural impact measurement and the importance of community engagement.

The journal was launched last January at “Creative Placemaking: Connecting Community Development and the Arts,” an event held at Yuerba Buena Center for the Arts, in the heart of San Francisco, and hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, NEA and our friends at ArtPlace. The 400-attendee event celebrated the growing recognition of creative placemaking as a field, and how it has helped build public+private partnerships. Highlights included 1- the heartfelt discussion by enlightened Kresge Foundation President Rip Rapson around issues of distributed leadership in municipal settings, and 2- Resolve the fun and dynamic, commercial corridor activation case study in Detroit led by the dynamic Michael Forsyth, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, the equivalent of our BIDs here in NYC.

Full program here:
The Design/Relief case is included pg. 127, in the “Building Resiliency” section, under “Planning”.
The review is available for free in its entirety here.
A video of the entire event will soon be available on Artplace’s new website

One last takeaway from this amazing exposure for AIGA/NY, as the organization is about to embark in new neighborhoods to lead more community-centered design projects: as community developers consider how best to re-imagine space they can and should look to the arts to help create place.

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