Art Works Blog

Creative Placemaking

So I thought I’d work up an appetite for Thanksgiving with a pre-holiday trip to Iowa, Wisconsin, and South Dakota. We started out in Dubuque, and met up there with Bill O’Brien, our senior advisor for program innovation, who’s a native Dubuquer. He immediately provided me with...
Luis Ubiñas. Photo courtesy of the Ford Foundation I am often asked why I have such a deep commitment to the arts. It’s because I see the arts as part of what will deliver us from this time of deep economic and, more importantly, spiritual dislocation. The arts can heal, and the arts can...
U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan (foreground, center) discussing Visible Weather's proposal with Michael Bell and Barry Bergdoll, MoMA's Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, at the Foreclosed September 17, 2011 Open Studios at MoMA PS1...
Carol Coletta. Photo courtesy of Ms. Coletta Yesterday, I was honored to announce the establishment of ArtPlace , a consortium of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions to drive the revitalization of cities and towns with a new investment model that puts the arts at the center of...
The creative placemaking panel in Minneapolis. From l-r: Tom Fisher, Rocco Landesman, Mayor Rybak, Sarah Harris, and Tom Borrup. Photo courtesy of billkelleyphoto.com Last week, I continued a busy month of travel with a trip to Minneapolis. It was a kind of “coming home” for me because...
The original CSPS Hall (top), built in 1891, has been restored by Legion Arts. Below, the building during the renovation process. Top photo coutesy of Legion Arts; bottom photo by Mel Andringa For a multidisciplinary presenting organization dedicated to contemporary, cutting-edge art, Legion Arts...
Alexander Calder's La Grande Vitesse helped revitalize Grand Rapids' ailing downtown. Photo courtesy of the Grand Rapids Public Library Stamped on everything from the city's letterhead to its garbage trucks, Alexander Calder's La Grande Vitesse is much more than a landmark. It's...
In this week’s podcast, we explore creative placemaking in Miami, Florida. Miami is claiming its place as a vibrant cultural center thanks to the generosity of funders like the Knight Foundation, and the hard work and dedication of a number of visionaries. These include Scott Cunningham, who...
Washington, DC Artist Jackie Brookner leading a charrette in St. Louis for a community-based design project called Public Art & Ecology: A Watershed Project for The Confluence. Photo courtesy of the artist Our first Our Town grants were officially announced today , and we congratulate the 51...
Washington, DC Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate in Chicago's Millenium Park. Photo by Santi Diaz via Flickr The University of Chicago is running a series of symposia on the future of the city and all its dimensions. Last week I attended the second one, which was on the arts and the future of the...

Pages