Grassroots Growth of Creative Cultures: Programming Public Art for Rural Areas As rural areas have their own unique needs, it is important to dive into these aspects as they relate to public art in rural communities. This essay was written as a means to provide an outlook of the current understandings of what make planning and implement public art in rural areas unique.
Creative Placemaking White paper from the National Endowment for the ArtsThis white paper summarizes the question: “What is creative placemaking?” It reviews the purpose, goals, resources needed, potential partners and challenges of creative placemaking. Also included are several case studies from communities around the US.
How to Do Creative Placemaking, National Endowment for the ArtsThe book (free pdf linked) features 28 essays from thought leaders active in arts-based community development as well as 13 case studies of projects funded through the NEA’s creative placemaking program, Our Town.
Creative Placemaking Training
- The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking (NCCP) offers continuing training and certification surrounding the creative placemaking process.
- Art of the Rural focuses on arts and culture placemaking in rural America. Participate in online conversations, check out past conferences and the happenings in some of our fellow rural states.
- The Project for Public Spaces (PPS) believes that all placemaking is creative. PPS is a hub that connects people, ideas, expertise, and partners who have a passion for creating vital places.
Get Started in Your Community
- Tactical Urbanism is short term action for long term change. Check out what it does and why, download the free introduction and materials and design guide.
- Better Block Foundation is all about block parties that inspire communities for what’s next. Watch a video about its process and download free design guides.
- Creative Community Builders leverages cultural and creative assets through strategic planning, community organizing and capacity building.
- Places of Possibility: Public Art and Placemaking Toolkit for Rural Communities Get energized to do creative placemaking in your small or rural community with tips, examples and a fresh perspective on the potential of our towns.
Public Art and How to Do It
- The Intersection of Public Art and City Planning, Americans for the Arts: Outlines what to keep in mind and whom to listen to during the first steps of implementing public art.
- Topic-Specific Resources, Americans for the Arts: From exploring how to do public art in an airport to a hospital and all the way back to a greenspace, this resource is a must click.
- Are you located in Marion County? If so, contact Julia Muney Moore, Director of Public At, at the Indianapolis Arts Council, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you’d like direct assistance.
- Are you located in Vigo County? If so, contact Mary Kramer, Executive Director, Art Spaces, Inc., email@example.com, if you'd like direct assistance.