Creative Placemaking Ohio

Wow…we finally completed the second workshop of Creative Placemaking Ohio. More will be written on all of that later – what we learned, what we did, etc.

Michael Seiler leads a tour explaining the placemaking and development work occurring in downtown Zanesville.

In the meantime, there is lots of fun stuff to share! WHIZ News came out to Seilers’ Studio and Gallery yesterday in Zanesville to cover our workshop. Watch that feature. Thanks, Karysa Kent and WHIZ for covering the event!

More information about the event in general:

Arts, community development, and other organizations and municipalities gathered at Seilers’ Studio & Gallery in Zanesville for the Creative Placemaking Ohio workshop on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Creative placemaking is a strategy to revitalize communities and local economies by intentionally leveraging the power of arts, culture and creativity.

The Creative Placemaking Ohio project is a statewide collaboration between Ohio CDC Association and Ohio Citizens for the Arts, with local partners Appalachian Hills of Ohio Territory and Buckeye Hills Regional Council, and is one of three projects selected nationwide for the Creative Placemaking Immersion Program, which is funded by the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) in partnership with Americans for the Arts through an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Groups share perceived notions between artists and community developers including how they may approach commercial development or how they make work together.

“Nationally, NACEDA has brought together an innovative partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Americans for the arts because we all believe that when community developers and artists come together, prosperity and the community spirit grow,” says Frank Woodruff, Executive Director of the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations. “By hosting Ohio CDC Association and Ohio Citizens for the Arts’ Creative Placemaking Ohio, Zanesville and Southeast Ohio are showing a strong commitment to building partnerships that support creative and economic growth.”

Key components of the workshop are overviews of community development, art, and creative placemaking; local project tours; cross-sector stereotype conversations; and arts-based brainstorming sessions. This workshop will show what is possible when community developers and artists work together in the community.

“Every dollar invested by the National Endowment for the Arts leverages an additional $9 in economic activity,” says Robert Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Appalachian Hills of Ohio Territory’s Creative Placemaking Ohio commitment demonstrates the organization’s commitment to local economic vitality and economic impact, but also recognizes the arts as a key vehicle for engaging citizenry within a community.”

Stay tuned for findings from the project!

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