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NACEDA’s Creative Placemaking Immersion Program – Lessons for Leaders

In 2015, NACEDA set out an ambitious goal: to make creative placemaking a frontline strategy for community developers. With an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, NACEDA launched the Creative Placemaking Immersion Program. Creative placemaking engages communities in the using arts and culture to improve the physical and social character of placesA cohort of three of NACEDA members – community development associations in Ohio, Massachusetts, and Philadelphia – worked with arts partners in their regions to build knowledge about creative placemaking among local community development nonprofits. View our final report to the NEA.

The Our Town grant was NACEDA’s first direct federal investment from a federal agency. Along the way, we added with our own resources,  those of members, and from Woodforest National Bank. Americans for the Arts partnered with us, sharing their expertise and their network. The Ohio, Massachusetts, and Philadelphia Massachusetts networks performed robustly, providing 26 creative experiences to 275 people and organizations over 18 months. Artists engaged neighborhoods in development plans. CDCs became arts advocates. Banks became arts investors. NACEDA networks throughout the country began thinking how artists and cultural strategies could enhance the impact of traditional community development.

Reflections on Rural Placemaking

Reflections on Rural Placemaking front pageThe Housing Assistance Council and buildingcommunityWORKSHOP partnered to explore how rural communities are utilizing creative placemaking to respond to the unique priorities of these communities. Their joint Reflections on Rural Placemaking outlines key lessons and opportunities for rural communities and creative placemaking. 

Creative Placemaking Ohio

The Ohio CDC Association and Ohio Citizens for the Arts – through NACEDA's Creative Placemaking Immersion Program – partnered to host creative placemaking learning events in Ohio's Hamilton and Zanesville, attracting placemakers from community development, the arts sector, city governments, and more to learn how creative placemaking can fit into their local contexts and projects.

Watch the video the partnership made about their experience as state level organizations working for creative, prosperous people and places.  

Christie should restore funds to protect children from lead poisoning

New Jersey Governor Christie's veto of funds to prevent lead poisoning hurts kids and makes no economic sense, explains the executive director of the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey in The Star-Ledger.

March 8, 2016

​5 Reasons Why CDCs Should Communicate the Health Impact of Their Work

Connecting the dots between community development corporations and healthy communities with Kavya Sekar of Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations.

June 5, 2015

​Maine Realtor Says Mortgage Interest Deduction Is Ready for Reform

The National Association of Realtors takes a strong stand against reforming the mortgage interest deduction. Not all realtors agree. Maine Realtor Jean-Marie Caterina explains that reforms to the mortgage interest deduction could be "a win-win for all" − including Maine realtors.

July 29, 2014

Foreclosure Myth Debunked In National Mortgage News

Brad Finkelstein of National Mortgage News dispels the myth that subsidization of affordable housing caused the foreclosure crisis.

May 12, 2014

​How Federal Community Development Investments Affect the Nation's Bottom Line

Community development tax credits produce enough local, state, and federal tax revenue to more than offset their cost, explains the president of the National Development Council.

February 18, 2014

​NACEDA Members Help Midwest Residents Save HUD Office

The closure of HUD's Minneapolis Multifamily Office was prevented by a partnership between the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers, Sen. Franken, Rep. Ellison... and NACEDA.

December 17, 2013

​Victory in Philly! Land Bank Legislation Approved

The Philadelphia Association of CDCs, the Campaign to Take Back Vacant Land, and the Philadelphia Land Bank Alliance and partners persuaded the Philadelphia City Council to approve a land bank bill.

December 17, 2013

​Is Your Nonprofit A Jack of All Trades and Master of None?

Tips for developing a cohesive, concise, effective elevator pitch to explain the beliefs and missions of your community development corporation.

October 22,2013

Changing the Debate: Inequality, Growth, & Government in America

How does inequality inhibit economic growth? MacArthur Foundation report explains.

July 25,2013

​Local Impact of HOME Discussed: Medford, New Jersey

See how the HOME Investment Partnership Program has improved the lives of residents on fixed incomes at Medford Senior Residences in affluent Medford, New Jersey

October 27, 2011

​​Shelterforce Provides a Speaking Platform for Community Development Leaders

​Shelterforce Provides a Speaking Platform for Community Development Leaders 

September 1, 2011