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14 Stories: Building Stronger Communities by Supporting American Artists

As the active Creative Communities continue to develop their programs around the domains that have framed their efforts from the beginning, other ways of thinking about their issues also merit attention. Running through the 14 stories, for example, are a number of themes that offer other angles on the challenges of implementation and on the interplay between Notes Toward a 15th Story 1 artists and the organizations working with them. more…

Building Community: Making Space for Art

Good places to live have more to offer than adequate housing, transportation, jobs, schools, and commercial amenities. They have spaces in which residents can express themselves creatively, connect with one another, and engage in experiences that expand their intellect, imagination, creativity, critical thinking, and even their capacity for compassion and empathy—spaces in which art happens. more…

Artist Space Development: Financing

This report explains how advocacy for artist space development is carried out in different realms, the impacts of artist space development, and how to make it a priority within the context of community development and public policy. Based on case studies of 23 projects around the country, this report focuses on how artist space developments are positioned to garner support, the advocacy strategies pursued, and the impacts they claim or anticipate. more…

Artist Space Development- Making the Case

This report explores the elements of development and finance of artist space projects, including the types of players, the steps in the development and finance process, including sources and uses of cash, finance subsidies, regulations, and zoning and building codes. The different types of developments are reviewed, including the role of real estate markets and local systems on artist space developments, special risks and challenges faced, and how they were resolved. more…

City Repair Project: In The Field Report

The City Repair Project is a non-profit organization based in Portland,Oregon, born out of a grassroots initiative that legally converted a street intersection into a neighborhood public square.We involve hundreds of volunteers and activists working on public gatherings and events to make our communities better places to live. City Repair’s work is inspired by the idea that localization—of culture, economy, decision-making—is a necessary foundation for a more community-oriented and ecologically sustainable society. more…

Creative Placemaking

In creative placemaking, partners from public, private, non-profit, and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, city, or region around arts and cultural activities. Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired. more…

How John Dewey’s Theories Underpin Art and Art Education

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Placemaknig as Applied Integral Ecology: Evolving an Ecologically Wise Planning Ethic

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Will the Recession Prove to be a Turning Point in Planning and Urban Development Thinking?

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The Best Ideas of the Last Hundred Years

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Broken Windows

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Building the World We Want: Interview with Mark Lakeman

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Local Governments and the Economics of Community Sustainability

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Embedding Sustainability into the Culture of Municipal Government:

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The Intersection of Urban Planning, Art, and Public Health: The Sunnyside Piazza

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Placemaking: A Community’s Appeal Drives Economic Prosperity

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Sustainable Placemaking: Catalyzing Community

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The Vitality Index

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Thinking Outside the (Big) Box

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