New Partnerships Announced to Promote Creative Placemaking

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MASSCreative and the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC) were one of three partnerships chosen by the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) and Americans for the Arts to engage in an intensive, one-year program to build knowledge and advance creative placemaking in their state or region.

Creative placemaking is a strategy to revitalize communities and local economies by intentionally leveraging the power of arts, culture and creativity. 

MASSCreative will join with others in Ohio and Pennsylvania in the Creative Placemaking Immersion Program that will provide intensive training and technical assistance to the three partnerships. The program is funded in part by a $100,000 Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to NACEDA.

NACEDA Executive Director Frank Woodruff said, “The future success of our neighborhoods will require community developers to capitalize on culture and diversity as an asset to be harnessed, nurtured, and cherished,” he stated. “Massachusetts, Philadelphia, and Ohio have stepped forward to start building toward that aspiration over the next year. But their initiatives are just a beginning. NACEDA plans to use these initial places as a platform for continued creative engagement with diverse communities.”

MASSCreative and MACDC will host a series of workshops to bring together artists, designers, planners, architects, and community developers. Each workshop will be held in a different region of the Commonwealth with local tours related to the workshop topics. MACDC and MASSCreative will release a report with learning materials developed over the course of the program; provide recommendations for state and municipal government and private developers on how to effectively embed placemaking into development; and hold a major public event to showcase their learning to the broader community.

MASSCreative has recently convened a 15 member Creative Placemaking Task Force to develop policy initiatives to support and further promote the incorporation of creative design and public arts into development and neighborhood planning.

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