Place-Based Change: Community Outcomes through Artists, Arts & Creative Interventions

Summit: nyc18


Length: 21:16


ArtPlace focuses its work on creative placemaking, which describes projects in which art plays an intentional and integrated role in place-based community planning and development. This brings artists, arts organizations, and artistic activity into the suite of placemaking strategies pioneered by Jane Jacobs and her colleagues, who believed that community development must be locally informed, human-centric, and holistic.

In this talk, Executive Director Jamie Bennett highlights their approach and latest innovations for creative placemaking, considering what ingredients are necessary for creating and sustaining a creative city ecosystem for the long term.

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This talk is presented by

Jamie Bennett - Executive Director, ArtPlace America

Jamie Bennett is the executive director of ArtPlace America, a partnership among private foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions working to position arts and culture as a core sector of community planning and development, so that artists and arts organizations are regular collaborators in helping to build equitable, healthy, and sustainable futures.

To date, ArtPlace has invested over $100 million, which has gone to support 279 projects in communities of all sizes; six place-based organizations that have committed to permanently working in this cross-sector way; and deep investigations into the intersections of arts and culture with energy and the environment, housing, immigration, public health, public safety, and transportation.

Previously, Jamie was Chief of Staff and Director of Public Affairs at the National Endowment for the Arts, where he worked on the national rollouts of the Our Town grant program and of partnerships with the US Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Health and Human Services, and Housing and Urban Development.

Before the NEA, Jamie was Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, where he worked on partnerships with the NYC Departments for the Aging, of Education, and of Youth and Community Development.

Jamie has also provided strategic counsel at the Agnes Gund Foundation, served as chief of staff to the President of Columbia University, and worked in fundraising at The Museum of Modern Art, the New York Philharmonic, and Columbia College.