All community development organizations are not made equal, nor do they share the same common mission, vision, and values. The six organizations selected for the Community Development Investments program are very different from one another. Three of the organizations are nonprofit housing developers, and though their roots and context are completely different, they share a common field of practice. Two are providers of health and wellness services committed to moving beyond medical care to improve the “upstream” community factors that determine so much of population health. One is a citywide park stewardship organization, redefining its scope and deepening its relationship to neighbors. They all share an interest in revitalizing the communities in which they are based, not just the properties they directly control.
The arts and culture projects all six organizations embarked upon are collected in pages below, sorted by the equity issue they sought to tackle. We hope these projects inspire community developers to pursue their own arts-based strategies and partnerships.