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In April 1973, NEA Chair Nancy Hanks delivered the closing speech of the First Federal Design Assembly. The objective of the three-day conference was to stress the importance of improving design in the federal government. The event attracted more than 450 federal officials to collaborate with 500...
The places we know have stories to tell. Those stories can be powerful assets in rebuilding a place after its economic base disappears. Among such places is Pittsfield, a town of almost 45,000 in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts that for decades was home to General Electric. Today...
People on the sidewalk of a city doing hula hoop near a ping-pong table.

Big Car Collaborative is an arts organization rooted in Indianapolis that believes art and creativity are tools that bring communities together. It creates projects that work to improve the quality of life of neighborhoods through art and design—and its...

A neon sign outside the town of Green River, Utah.
Green River, Utah, (population 952) is in the southeastern part of the state, 52 miles north of the mountain biking mecca of Moab and 182 miles from Salt Lake City...
Discover some of these holiday facts that you might not have known about before!
A motorcycle accident leads to the amputation of a leg. If it happens in, say, Washington, DC, the hospital might offer several choices of prosthetic limbs, most likely covered by insurance. If, however, you live in a poorer country where the average income is $4 a day or even less, the options are...
The above quote is from Chairman Chu's remarks at " Creative Placemaking: The Role of Arts in Community Development ," which took place yesterday in Washington, DC. Held in part to celebrate the launch of our new book How to Do Creative Placemaking: An Action-Oriented Guide to Arts in Community...
When a friend visiting from Philadelphia compared Whitesburg, Kentucky, to Stars Hollow, all she got from us was a blank stare. Turns out Stars Hollow is the setting of Gilmore Girls : a small idyllic town, rural and intimate, yet diverse and open-minded. When our friend arrived in Whitesburg—a...
A round-up of inspirational quotes to motivate us to work on our art.
It sounds simple enough. An arts organization or a community based-organization (a nonprofit that works locally to improve life for residents) is interested in doing a project that uses the arts to help advance a social issue. It could be centered on a placemaking effort in a neighborhood or...

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