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Creative Placemaking: A Learning Agenda

Tuesday, October 20, 10:00am – 11:30am

Gold Room, Main Galeria

Organized by Jamie Hand, Director of Research Strategies, ArtPlace America; and Regina R. Smith, Interim Managing Director, Arts and Culture, The Kresge Foundation.

Presented by Jamie Hand, Director of Research Strategies, ArtPlace America; Maria Rosario Jackson, Senior Adviser, The Kresge Foundation; and Erik Takeshita, Community Creativity Portfolio Director, Bush Foundation.

A number of arts and non-arts funders have recognized the power of arts and culture to help low-income people prosper and the places where they live thrive. The Kresge Foundation, ArtPlace, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) have embarked on robust learning and evaluation agendas designed to develop tools and methods to better understand how, and under what conditions, the integration of arts and culture into comprehensive community development can contributes to economic, social, physical, and cultural changes that generate greater opportunity for people in low-income neighborhoods. The panel will highlight the strategic learning questions pursued by these organizations, the strategies to co-create assessment tools with grantees, and the strides and setbacks experienced in this experimental undertaking.