In its ongoing commitment to producing resources for community engagement with the arts, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has published How to Do Creative Placemaking,
a primer for those interested in bringing the arts to the community development table as a tool—along with housing, transportation, public health, and other sectors—to advance revitalization efforts in an authentic way.
“The book is meant to help people start working with the arts to make their place better,” says NEA Director of Design and Creative Placemaking Jason Schupbach, “We wanted to create something easy to use and full of options for communities to begin doing this work, or to improve what they have already started.”
The book is divided into six chapters: Inclusive Planning + Equitable Development, Economic Opportunity, Community Identity + Belonging, Arts + Government, Arts + Physical Infrastructure, and Arts + Community Development Organizations.
Among the essays are the following:
- “Five Lessons Learned for a Successful Public Art Project,” by Americans for the Arts’ Patricia Walsh
- “Can Arts Drive Rural Economic Development?” by USDA Rural Development’s Chris Beck and the International Sonoran Desert Alliance’s Tracy Taft
- “Ethics of Development: A Shared Sense of Place,” by the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture’s María Lopez de León
- “How Can a Planning Authority Work with an Artist to Improve Public Health Outcomes for Residents?” by the City of Fargo, North Dakota’s Nichole Crutchfield