Arts and culture are essential for building community, supporting development, nurturing health and well-being, and contributing to economic opportunity. Welcome to www.communitydevelopment.art, the website which presents evidence, ideas, resources, and voices from this exciting intersection of fields. This site was first launched in May 2019 with early findings from research on the ArtPlace America Community Development Investments initiative (CDI). In December 2020 we are relaunching it with not only a great deal of new material documenting and analyzing the CDI experiences, but also publications and resources about a wide array of other local projects and cross-site applied research on arts, culture and equitable development. Please check out the new briefs, videos, project descriptions, and linked articles about CDI and all the rest of the information provided across the reorganized and updated site.
A core focus of ArtPlace America’s Community Development Investments program was to learn from how six organizations in urban, rural, and tribal areas were able to incorporate arts and culture into their work, help them achieve their missions more effectively, and bring about positive outcomes for their communities.
These organizations have grappled with local equity issues such as pressures of gentrification and displacement, health equity, affordable housing, and questions around the preservation and development of identity. As the research and documentation partner to ArtPlace, PolicyLink collaborated with the participating organizations, their arts partners, and local community leaders throughout the program’s duration (2015-2019) to harvest the knowledge gained, lessons learned, and impacts observed when arts and cultural strategies are deployed in service of comprehensive community development and planning.