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Bringing Together Arts and Community Development

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?  · 

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    Preserving the Character of Little Tokyo

    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.  · 

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    Keeping Your Artists Close to Home

    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?  · 

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    Creating Miles of Art in the Mile High City

    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.  · 

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    Affordable Housing and . . . a Museum

    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.  · 

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    A Tale of Two Murals

    Having had the experience of public art with no public involvement, a community organization set out to show there could be another way.  · 

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    Working with Local Artists

    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.  · 

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    Poetry on the Panel

    Attendees at the 2015 PolicyLink Equity Summit experienced something unexpected when they walked into many of the panels and workshops—a poetry performance.  · 

  • Poem: "Tires Stacked in the Hallways of Civilization"

    Yes, Your Honor, there are rodents, said the landlord to the judge, but I let the tenant have…  · 

  • Poem: "What Must Be Done"

    Do not hate them. Do not be angry with them: The real estate agents, appraising the value of…  · 

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    Exploring Foreclosure Through Art

    In Minneapolis and Boston, artists help explore the losses (and gains) of foreclosure with work that supports advocacy and community building.  · 

  • Poem: "This Yes"

    When the federal government required the mills of Cohoes to hire “colored” workers or lose war contracts, the…  · 

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    Interview with Rip Rapson, president and CEO of the Kresge Foundation

    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.  · 

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