This issue of Rural Voices examines Creative Placemaking as it is practiced in rural communities. The term “creative placemaking” is only about a decade old, but rural community organizations have long taken on community-building endeavors that have included the arts. Creative placemaking offers the explicit recognition that arts and artists, when fully engaged with local stakeholders, are often a gel or a catalyst toward sustained community betterment and economic growth.
VIEW FROM WASHINGTON
The National Endowment for the Arts offers funding and technical assistance for rural creative placemaking across the United States.
A Tool for Economic Development in the Mississippi Delta
by Chris Masingill
The Delta Creative Placemaking Initiative encourages communities to engage more deeply with the region’s arts and culture sectors.
An expert advises rural community developers to keep their placemaking work inclusive, culturally relevant, and economically equitable.
A collaborative process encompassing community, culture, and the environment contributes to the success of a tribal development project.
Kentucky Communities Use Their Creative Assets
by Sandi Curd
Placemaking, at its core, is fostering what is abundant in rural Kentucky: a strong sense of place coupled with people dedicated to making their communities stronger.
The smART Kinston City Project Foundation in Kinston, NC and the Woodlands Development Group in Elkins, WV will implement rural creative placemaking initiatives during summer and fall 2017.
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