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To celebrate our latest round of Our Town grants to support creative placemaking projects, we asked our Twitter followers and Facebook fans to tell us what creative placemaking means in their communities. Read what they had to say and then add your own definition in the comments! "Through art...
As we recently announced our newest round of NEA Our Town grants to support creative placemaking projects across the country, we thought it would be fitting to take a look back at one of the projects that received support when the program debuted in 2011. In that inaugural round of funding, the...
Today we announced the third round of Our Town grants . These will bring us up to 190(!) grants in all 50 states plus DC, with all shapes and sizes of communities doing creative placemaking. Some very cool new types of projects popped up this year. For the first time ever we're funding an opera...
"Creative placemaking for us---a small town on a state highway that's the main street---is really about economic development and about triggering a response in those traveling through the city of, 'Hey, there's something going on here and we should stop to explore it.'...
"[The arts] are a really important mechanism for people to be able to create identity and purpose together." --- Maria Rosario Jackson Thanks to her parents, Maria Rosario Jackson , Ph.D., one of the newest members of the National Council on the Arts, has long been interested in the arts...
Where do you find public art? Do you see it every day, in murals in your neighborhood or an art installation on your campus? Have you traveled to visit destinations like Mount Rushmore or Cloud Gate in Chicago's Millennium Park? There is a new tool to help you find public art--- the Public Art...
Back in April 2010---I visited York, Pennsylvania. Mayor C. Kim Bracey presented me with the Key to York, and a member of the York Revolution baseball team gave me my own Revolution jersey. Photo by NEA Staff I’ve been officially retired now for 27 days, which seems like as good a time as any...
n today's sneak peek from the latest issue of NEA Arts --- Arts and Culture at the Core: A Look at Creative Placemaking ---Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwa Nicodemus, co-authors of Creative Placemaking answer the question of how to get started. Ann Markusen "One of the mistaken beliefs among...
An evening view of the SteelStacks campus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where ArtsQuest and the city repurposed the Bethlehem Steel industrial site into an arts and cultural facility with a movie theater, arts gallery, and numerous outdoor performing arts spaces. Photo by Jeffrey Totaro In our latest...
If you've ever wondered what the lead inventor at an innovation laboratory does, then this week's podcast is for you. Josh McManus is founder of and lead inventor at Little Things Labs, a company that specializes in problem-solving for mid-size, post-industrial cities that are concerned...

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