Creative Placemaking

Roberto Bedoya is a genius.

In my work I’m in dialogue (and often in debates) with peers across the county about Creative Placemaking prompted by two significant philanthropic initiatives: The National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” program and ArtPlace —a collaboration of numerous public and private foundations that are investing in Creative Placemaking projects nationally. What I’ve witness in the discussions and practices associated with Creative Placemaking is that they are tethered to a meaning of “place” manifest in the built environment, e.g., artists live-work spaces, cultural districts, spatial landscapes. And this meaning, which operates inside the policy frame of urban planning and economic development, is ok but that is not the complete picture. Its insufficiency lies in a lack of understanding that before you have places of belonging, you must feel you belong. Before there is the vibrant street one needs an understanding of the social dynamics on that street – the politics of belonging and dis-belonging at work in placemaking in civil society.

h/t Createquity

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