Working With Artists to Deepen Impact

When artists combine their talents with community development organizations, the results can be transformative and impactful as well as creative! In a time when social distancing and a massive public health crisis are forcing us to rethink how we can build connections as well as power for change, arts and culture strategies offer lots of possibilities.

This webinar, with leaders of community-based organizations and the artists with whom they have partnered, will focus on the lessons learned from their collaborative practice. The webinar will be based in the four-year journeys of the six organizations that participated in ArtPlace America’s Community Development Investments program — from identifying partners and formalizing relationships, to uncovering the hidden assets and talents of staff. These experiences also provide lessons for community development corporations, nonprofit housing developers, park associations, health services providers, and economic development agencies on leveraging small-scale arts and culture work into larger, more ambitious projects, and addressing challenges, accepting critique, and learning from mistakes.

The PolicyLink brief, Working with Artists to Deepen Impact, explores these themes and stories.