The Creative Placemaking White Paper (2010)

June 16, 2017

This white paper defined Creative Placemaking, served as the frame for the NEA’s launch of the Our Town grant program, and invigorated a national conversation around the role that arts and culture play in community development.

Creative Placemaking (2010)
By Ann Markusen, Markusen Economic Research Services and Anne Gadwa, Metris Arts Consulting

In "Creative Placemaking", partners from public, private, non-profit, and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, city, or region around arts and cultural activities. Creative Placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired.


A White Paper for The Mayors’ Institute on City Design, a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors and American Architectural Foundation.

© Markusen Economic Research Services and Metris Arts Consulting, 2010.
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