Knowing that businesses are seeking out ways to participate in community efforts and contribute to the economy and quality of life, we should discuss Creative Placemaking. As National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Director of Design and Creative Placemaking Programs Jason Schupbach shares, “Creative placemaking is an important intersection of the creativity of artists and the vitality of business communities.” Creative placemaking is the act of people coming together to change over-looked and undervalued public and shared spaces into welcoming places where community gathers, supports one another, and thrives.
Recently, Springboard for the Arts released a Guide for Business Districts to Work with Local Artists. This free guide for place managers to learn how to work with artists on creative placemaking projects, covers “how to get started” and essentials like identifying goals, collaboration, funding, and budgeting.
In the words of Springboard for the Arts Executive Director Laura Zabel, “Sharing the tools to build cross-sector relationships, grow audiences and create more resilient, vibrant communities is a win for everyone.”
For more information and to access the guide visit the site here.