The National Endowment for the Arts, ArtPlace America and the Kresge Foundation have just released How to Do Creative Placemaking, a free handbook for revitalizing local communities through arts and culture. The book features 28 essays and lessons learned from13 case studies of projects funded through the NEA’s Our Town program. Thought leadership is combined with step-by-step practical advice on successfully harnessing art and artists for civic revitalization.
“As long as society has existed, art as a form of cultural expression has been used as a tool for social change,” notes the report. “Art engaged in community development imagines a different future and helps enact it. Arts education nurtures the creativity in each of us so that we are equipped to act, building and rebuilding a community’s collective will for social change, one person at a time. Art heals so that we can all participate, and then energizes that participation to further bolster the health and strength of a community.”