100 Resilient Cities showcased five creative placemaking engagements in several cities, based on projects supported by either the NEA’s Our Town program or ArtPlace America: There are some cool examples:
The Los Angeles County Arts Commission conducted a deep investigation into the cultural life of the Willowbrook neighborhood to develop an arts-related asset map and visioning document. They used this information to ensure the community’s spirit was reflected in the county’s ongoing capital and infrastructure improvements.
Gwydion Suilebhan’s keynote address at the Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations about technology and how it’s transforming relationships between artists, audiences, and arts institutions is worth a read:
But the most important key to a sound technology practice is empathy. When you build things, you absolutely have to begin by thinking about real people and their real desires and needs…So, to the extent that you and your organizations are ready to practice technology with the organizations you serve—to build stuff, either for them or with them (and with them is almost always better)—you absolutely can’t gear your practice around their organizational needs. You have to have actual human beings in mind. The things they care about. The tasks they want to accomplish on any given day. And, yes, their relationships.