Resources for Placemakers

ART AND CULTURE ARE UNDERUTILIZED assets in community planning and development. Working with artists can help improve stakeholder engagement in planning in a number of ways and contribute to plans and developments that represent and serve the people who live in a community” (from How to do Creative Placemaking (NEA, 2017)).

  • A Neighborhood Creativity Inventory: Imagine a community in which we align the talents and creative energy of all willing residents. Who’s creative in your neighborhood?
    • We’re starting a list. You and your neighbors can fill out the quick mini-survey. For talented youth, please put down a parent’s name and contact information.
    • We’ll provide the list to the neighborhood leaders for this and for other projects they might be undertaking.
    • We’ll also send out calls for participation in small community projects, art selection panels and more.
Stormwater Inlets painted by local artists, including this Truman Avenue, NW, work by seven-year old Aleks Bratic (aided by his mother, Kim) connect residents to the ecosystem surrounding them. Public art livens our community, builds stronger connections, and, as described by one resident, “you can go see it in your pajamas.” It surrounds us and we can stumble upon new information and a new perspective on our place. Find more public art from the collection here.

Here are some under-bridge examples from around the country: