Community Development Investments

ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is a 10-year collaboration between a number of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions. They began their work as an organization in 2011, and will finish in 2020. Their mission is to position arts and culture as a core sector of community planning and development.

Launched in 2015, their Community Development Investments program supported community-based organizations to incorporate arts and culture into their core work. This one-time program provided $3 million to each of six community planning and development organizations, over three years, to develop creative placemaking projects that could help them more effectively achieve their missions, resulting in positive outcomes for their communities. ArtPlace America provided technical support through coaching, site visits, monthly webinars, connecting sites with national creative placemaking experts, ongoing advice and workshops with the national artist team of the Center for Performance and Civic Practice, and convening in-person peer exchanges where the sites learned from each other’s achievements, setbacks, strategies, and recommendations.

Experiential learning has been a primary goal of the Community Development Investments program and, as the research and documentation partner, PolicyLink has worked with the participants to harvest knowledge and document lessons learned since the program’s launch.