Creative Placemaking: Creating Change by Building Partnerships

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.20899/jpna.6.1.96-110

Keywords:

Creative Placemaking, Economic Development, Collaboration

Abstract

Arts, artists, and creative strategies can be critical vehicles for achieving social, economic, and community goals. Creative placemaking is one type of arts-led planning that incorporates the goals of communities with stakeholder participation. Questions exist, however, around who participates in the creative placemaking process and to what end. This study explores a case where a state-sponsored workshop brought together people from diverse backgrounds to facilitate community development and engagement through creative placemaking. The study highlights how a one-shot intervention can reshape perceptions of creative placemaking that are held by planners, nonplanners, artists, and nonartists. The study shows that while pre-workshop participants focused on identifying resource-based challenges, post-workshop participants focused more on initiating collaborations and being responsive to community needs. The different attitudes before and after the state-sponsored workshop demonstrate the importance of not only building stakeholder understanding but also facilitating stakeholder engagement for successful creative placemaking.

Author Biographies

Jamie Levine Daniel, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Jamie Levine Daniel is an assistant professor in the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI). Her research focuses on the relationship between nonprofit resource acquisition and program service delivery, with particular interest on the relationship between earned revenue and mission.

Mirae Kim, Georgia State University

Mirae Kim is an assistant professor in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. She directs the Nonprofit Organization Research Panel (norpanel.org) project. Her research addresses issues of nonprofit financial management, the role of 501(c)(3) organizations in civil society, arts management, and interorganizational partnerships. Her recent work has also focused on the various roles that immigrant/ethnic nonprofits play in different communities.

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Published

2020-04-01

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Current Issues In Practice