Ohio Partnership Selected for National Initiative Leveraging Arts to Revitalize Communities

Ohio CDC Association and Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation announced today that they were one of three partnerships selected nationwide to engage in an intensive, one year program to build knowledge and advance creative placemaking in the state. Creative placemaking is a strategy to revitalize communities and local economies by intentionally leveraging the power of arts, culture and creativity.

The Creative Placemaking Immersion Program will provide intensive training and technical assistance to the three partnerships. The program is managed by the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) in partnership with Americans for the Arts and is funded in part by an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to NACEDA.

“From small town to urban Ohio, arts and community development organizations are successfully partnering on creative placemaking initiatives,” said Nate Coffman, executive director of the Ohio CDC Association. “We look forward to working with the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation and our local community and arts partners to build cross-sector knowledge on how these unique collaborations can improve the quality of life in their communities.”


Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation is Ohio CDC Association’s lead partner on the initiative. “We are excited about partnering with the Ohio CDC Association to build on our state’s creative placemaking successes,” said Linda Woggon, executive director of Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation. “Community development corporations and arts organizations working together will help strengthen our economy and our communities.”

The Ohio CDC Association and Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation, in collaboration with three additional partnerships within Ohio, will conduct trainings for community development and arts practitioners in Cleveland, Hamilton, and rural southeast Ohio as well as virtual meetings and provide coaching to participants. The partners will produce a video featuring footage of hands-on learning activities from the trainings and tours of the creative placemaking projects in the three selected areas.

The selected partners within Ohio are:

  • Northeast Shore Development Corporation and Community Partnership for Arts and Culture in Cleveland
  • City of Hamilton Development Department and Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton
  • Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District and Appalachian Hills of Ohio Territory in Southeast Ohio
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