Who has been behind the large increase in financial support for and attention to what has been termed “creative placemaking” over the past couple years, and why? ·
In the wake of rapid gentrification, an organization in Los Angeles leverages the arts to celebrate a community’s rich heritage and keep social equity as a priority. ·
New Orleans relies on its artists as a core part of its economy. What can be done when those artists can no longer afford to call the city home? ·
How a Denver organization intends to create a 9-mile art-, health-, and heritage-themed bike and pedestrian trail that will feature authentic cultural expression. ·
For over 30 years, Broadway Housing Communities has developed its own formula for meeting the housing needs of West Harlem's lowest-income residents. One of its unorthodox ingredients has been art galleries, and now, there’s a children's museum in its newest building. ·
Having had the experience of public art with no public involvement, a community organization set out to show there could be another way. ·
In response to an influx of high-profile street art, one Brooklyn community development organization decided to invest in homegrown art and artists, and learn how to support them. ·
Attendees at the 2015 PolicyLink Equity Summit experienced something unexpected when they walked into many of the panels and workshops—a poetry performance. ·
Yes, Your Honor, there are rodents, said the landlord to the judge, but I let the tenant have… ·
Do not hate them. Do not be angry with them: The real estate agents, appraising the value of… ·
In Minneapolis and Boston, artists help explore the losses (and gains) of foreclosure with work that supports advocacy and community building. ·
When the federal government required the mills of Cohoes to hire “colored” workers or lose war contracts, the… ·
Rip Rapson is the quintessential mid-westerner: quiet, modest, the last person in the world to toot his own horn. But if you look at what he’s accomplished and the insight he brings to his current work, you’ll get a much better picture of who he is and the challenging, important work he spearheads at the Kresge Foundation.
A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to speak with him, trace his experiences and the projects he conceived or championed over the years (some of which we’ve written about, but, not surprisingly, without his name attached to them) and drill into the opportunities and difficulties faced by a large philanthropic organization as it works to integrate its grant making interests with the way real communities operate—as dynamic entities with systems that fully integrate, even if they do so in a seriously dysfunctional way.
One interest Kresge has is in arts and culture, and we spent some extra time talking with him about the importance and role of arts and culture in community health and development. ·