ELGL is proud to announce a new content and learning partnership on creative placemaking! ELGL will work with ArtPlace America and Civic Arts to share content, learning opportunities, and resources about how to use art and culture to build and grow strong communities.
ELGL is calling this effort Creative Community because this is a project that welcomes everyone to participate. We know that when all local government departments – from public works to libraries, to budget offices (and everything in between) – use creative approaches, the result is stronger, more inclusive communities.
What is creative placemaking? It’s when arts and culture are fully embedded in the way we build and manage local governments and the communities they serve, and it also values full inclusion of all people in local decision making.
The work of ArtPlace America and Civic Arts guides ELGL’s interest in and focus on this topic.
ELGL’s goal with the Creative Community is to build out the knowledge and resources of local government leaders on creative placemaking. We want to help identify, collect, create and distribute all of the tools and resources you need to welcome arts and culture into your local government processes.
How will we do this? We’ll use all of ELGL’s communications resources to ensure that you can get information in the format you need. Everything will be stored on elgl.org/creativecommunity.
Today kicks off a series of blog posts written by ELGL members and creative placemaking thought leaders. In this series, you’ll have a chance to learn more about how local governments are using creative approaches to all aspects of local service. And you’ll also learn from the leaders in the field about approaches and techniques that can work in your organization.
One of the best things about ELGL is the connection we share online. As part of this program, we’ll ask you for ideas and feedback so we can assemble the best work that you’re doing related to creative placemaking, and share it for others to learn from and implement in their own way.
Plan on tuning in on the fourth Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time for online learning opportunities. We’ll feature ELGL members and creative thought leaders to hear their stories and learn from their experiences.
GovLove will focus one episode per month on creative placemaking. We’ll start with an episode that explains this partnership, and then get a “Creative Placemaking 101” episode. For future episodes, we’ll talk with the local government leaders and artists who are doing interesting work together that you can learn from.
All of this information will be compiled and shared on our social media channels, so you don’t miss a moment of learning. From new blog posts to the latest webinar sign-up – you can follow along using our #CreativeCommunity hashtag on all ELGL social channels.
If you’re reading this post and recognizing the value of all of this learning and content, or if your community is already using creative approaches to placemaking, stay tuned for more information about our Creative Cohort. This is a small-group learning opportunity to join a cohort and dive deep into creative placemaking. As part of this cohort, you’ll attend and learn from special webinars, participate in peer-to-peer learning and content development, and share what you learn with the larger ELGL Creative Community. The cohort’s application process will open next week with more detail about what it entails and why it might be a good choice for you and your organization.
We hope you’re as excited as we are about this new partnership and learning opportunity. With your help, we’ll develop a content-rich resource that will benefit local government leaders for years to come.
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About Our Partners
ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is a collaboration of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions that seeks to position arts and culture as a core sector of community planning and development. Through investments in projects, organizations, systems, and knowledge, ArtPlace works to enlist artists as allies in planning and developing equitable, healthy, and sustainable communities.
Civic Arts (previously GO collaborative) is a non-profit organization that works at the intersection of art, urban planning, and community development to find creative solutions for complex local challenges. Harnessing the power of local arts and culture sector, the organization builds policy, engagement, and field-building opportunities for arts and culture organizations that can inform, inspire, and create collective and equitable responses to current urban and rural needs.