What is Creative Placemaking?

Creative Placemaking …

… places the arts and creativity – and the people who make it happen – at the center of planning, execution and activity.

… recognizes and leverages a community’s unique, authentic qualities, people, and places. All places have creative potential just waiting to bubble up. Even while drawing on resources from beyond the community, leveraging local artistic and organizational talent and assets increases the value in a community and the commitment to it, while nurturing an enduring sense of place.

… creates and sustains opportunities for people of all income levels and backgrounds to thrive in place. As its value increases, a place that is intentionally inclusive and connected is more likely to spur economic opportunity and allow people to succeed where they are.

… supports community-based economic diversity, providing multiple points of entry and interaction for people of all incomes and backgrounds. The more economically integrated a community is, the more access to opportunity exists for all.

… creates and sustains interesting places that capitalize on distinctiveness. A creative approach improves the aesthetics of a place, whether it is the look, feel, sound or even smell. The difference sets that place apart as more interesting than others. A place that expresses its distinctiveness and resists commodification and sameness is more likely to have long-term appeal.

… creates a place where people want to go and linger. Successful places attract people beyond those required to be there. People lingering is an investment of time in a place and is apt to lead to additional investments.

… contributes to a mix of uses and people that makes places more diverse, more interesting and more active, thus making spontaneous interaction more likely. Intensifying and mixing activities creates the promise that visitors can stumble onto the fun, mingle with other people, or happen upon opportunity.

… fosters connections among people and across cultures. The relationships built among diverse groups of people create safer, more open places that create more opportunity and foster a sense that everyone is welcome.

… continuously presents itself to the public and encourages pedestrian activity and friendliness. Whether open or closed, a place that is consistently interesting, active, and welcoming.  Presence to the street promotes more pedestrian activity and creates the public perception that the place is safer and more animated. More pedestrians mean more prospective customers on the street to support more small businesses.

… creates a place where business wants to be. As a place becomes more active, commerce is likely to respond, thus giving people even more reasons to be there.

… works hard to make change and ensure that everyone gets to participate and benefit.

… convinces people that a place can have a different and better future.

Source:  Arts Wisconsin, August 2018

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