Creative Placemaking and Expansion of Opportunity: Observations and Reflections

Creative Placemaking and Expansion of Opportunity: Observations and Reflections

While the concept of creative placemaking — the integration of arts, culture, and community engaged-design in community development and urban planning — is gaining momentum, critical gaps must be addressed if it is to flourish and become an integral part of the field of community development, a white paper from the Kresge Foundation finds. The report, Creative Placemaking and Expansion of Opportunity: Observations and Reflections (12 pages, PDF), found a need for a clear understanding and articulation of the sources and consequences of urban inequality and the process of change at various levels; reckoning with practices that impede strategic field convergence; reframing the roles of arts, culture, and design in vulnerable communities; meeting the challenges of cross-sectoral work with patience and flexibility; making visible and legible the news ways that artists, community developers, and urban planners work though creative placemaking; and reexamining research and evaluation methods. The report further notes that while the pool of people in a position to advance creative placemaking work effectively is growing, it is still small and only beginning to get organized.