Getting a Seat At The Table: The Importance of the Arts in Community Development
On Tuesday, October 25, 2016, the Cultural Alliance was honored to welcome Jamie Bennett to York. Jamie is the Executive Director of ArtPlace America, a partnership among 16 foundations, 8 federal agencies, and 6 financial institutions working to position art and culture as a core sector of community planning and development by investing in, researching, and supporting those who lead and execute creative placemaking projects. To date, ArtPlace has invested $85 million in 233 projects in communities of all sizes across the United States in which artists and arts organizations are working with their neighbors to help shape communities’ social, physical, and economic futures. It’s what ArtPlace calls “Creative Placemaking.”
What is Creative Placemaking? It means bringing artists to the table in the community development process alongside all of their other neighbors. Why is it important? As Jamie stated in his presentations to the Women’s Giving Circle of the York County Community Foundation and at our 2016 Annual Meeting, because it is key to stable communities.