June 2019

1. Anne Gadwa Nicodemus. Cultural Trends 22.3. “Fuzzy Vibrancy: Creative Placemaking as Ascendant US Cultural Policy.” 2013. United States.

Fuzzy Vibrancy introduces international audiences to a major new US cultural policy and funding trend – creative placemaking, wherein cross-sector partners strategically shape the social and physical character of a place around arts and cultural assets.

2. Patricia Moore Shaffer, Jen Hughes, Katherine Bray-Simons, and Sunil Iyengar. Metris Arts Consulting. “Our Town Program Evaluation (2016-2019).” 2019. United States.

This overview from Metris Arts Consulting reflects on and documents the outcomes of creative placemaking work, with a focus on NEA’s Our Town grants.

3. Sandy Rodriguez and Isabelle Lutterodt. LA County Arts Commission. “A Place We Call Home.” 2019. United States.

Some Place Chronicles is a series of five creative placemaking projects set in five unincorporated communities in the Second District of Los Angeles County. Numerous and varied engagements with the people who live and work in these communities have culminated in five unique books—each containing explorations, documentations, and pragmatic and poetic testimonies of what has been and dreams of what might be—created by five different artists/collectives. The chronicle of Ladera Heights, View Park, and Windsor Hills—A Place We Call Home: East of La Cienega and South of Stocker—is authored by Sandy Rodriguez and Isabelle Lutterodt, working together as Studio 75.

4. Kathryn Coulter, Andrew Crosson, and Thomas Watson. Central Appalachian Network. “Creative Placemaking in Central Appalachia.” 2019. United States.

The Central Appalachian Network commissioned this scan in order to understand what creative placemaking looks like on the ground, assess the state of the field regionally, and offer ideas to strengthen and accelerate current momentum.

5. The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking. “Creative Place Podcast.” 2019. United States.

This show is a series of interviews with creative placemakers, people who are making a difference in their communities through the arts, cultural programming and creative processes.

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