Community Initiatives

Exemplary creative placemaking initiatives posted by organizations that leverage local creative assets and cross-sector partnerships for community revitalization and growth.

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NEFA Award Recipient
Cambridge and Somerville, MA
Submitted by: Terry Byrne
Posted Date: January 7, 2013
Project Dates: September and October, 2013
Tags: 2013 CCX presenter, Business Planning, Event, Workforce Development

Community Supported Art (CSArt) uses the model of Community Supported Agriculture to link producers -- in this case, artists who develop a limited edition of an original work of art -- to consumers.

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NEFA Award Recipient
Dover, NH
Submitted by: Justine Roberts
Posted Date: March 24, 2013
Project Dates: 2008 - present
Tags: 2013 CCX presenter, Civic Engagement, Leadership, Policy, Real Estate

CMNH moved to Dover from Portsmouth 5 years ago. The move was, in some ways, a happy accident - CMNH had been searching for space to expand in Portsmouth for a decade. Location after location was evaluated and plans drawn up but... Read More >>

NEFA Award Recipient
New Haven, CT
Submitted by: Margaret Bodell
Posted Date: September 17, 2012
Project Dates: 2010 - Present
Tags: 2011 CCX presenter, Business Planning, Real Estate, Workforce Development

The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) took note of the growing empty storefronts and seized the opportunity provided by this current economic downturn to imaginatively utilize existing their community resources by matching... Read More >>

NEFA Award Recipient
Bellows Falls, VT
Submitted by: Robert McBride
Posted Date: September 11, 2012
Project Dates: Fall 2010-Fall 2011
Tags: 2011 CCX presenter, Business Planning, Leadership

RAMP was founded in order to have artists participate in the revitalization of Bellows Falls. In 1995 when Robert McBride moved to town and founded RAMP, the general perception of Bellows Falls was a community where the mills had closed... Read More >>

Portland, ME
Submitted by: Marty Pottenger
Posted Date: January 10, 2013
Project Dates: 2007 to 2013
Tags: 2013 CCX presenter, Civic Engagement, Networking, Policy

Art At Work is a national initiative to improve municipal government and the communities they serve through strategic arts projects with municipal employees, elected officials, residents and artists. Creative Placemaking with people at... Read More >>

Portland, ME
Submitted by: Jessica Tomlinson
Posted Date: January 14, 2013
Project Dates: August 2012
Tags: 2013 CCX presenter, Workforce Development

Artists at Work connects students and alumni to the local community through public engagement projects, internships, freelance commissions, and workshops.

We do this by offering unique activities in the classroom and in the... Read More >>

Boston, MA
Submitted by: Derek Lumpkins
Posted Date: March 30, 2013
Project Dates: 2011-present
Tags: 2013 CCX presenter, Civic Engagement, Design, Marketing

First printed in 2012, the ArtROX! Season Guide is an important marketing piece that has been key in (re)branding, increasing attendance at, and developing motivated audiences for Discover Roxbury's arts programming. Modeled after a... Read More >>

Hyannis, MA
Submitted by: Jo Anne Miller Buntich
Posted Date: March 20, 2013
Project Dates: 2005 to the present
Tags: 2013 CCX presenter, Civic Engagement, Leadership, Networking, Policy

Barnstable introduced the HyArts Artist Shanty program in the summer of 2005 to provide a unique affordable harbor front location for local artists to create and sell their work. Seven shanties and a connecting boardwalk were installed... Read More >>

Brattleboro, VT
Submitted by: Margaret Shipman
Posted Date: January 8, 2013
Project Dates: three times a year
Tags: 2013 CCX presenter, Civic Engagement, Event, Networking

Based on similar programs happening all around the world, B.E.A.N. Micro-Grant Dinners enhance the vitality of art and artists in our community by providing artists with much-needed financial support and encouraging dialogue and... Read More >>

Portland, ME
Submitted by: Jennifer Hutchins
Posted Date: January 11, 2013
Project Dates: ongoing
Tags: 2013 CCX presenter, Civic Engagement, Leadership, Marketing, Policy, Workforce Development

Agencies throughout the City of Portland have been collaborating over several months to collectively brand and promote the city as an attractive place for creative-minded professionals to live and work. Moving beyond the image of Maine... Read More >>