Creative Placemaking in the Great Places
What is Creative Placemaking?
The LISC Difference
- Finance creative placemaking projects with loans, grants, equity investments and technical assistance.
- Support local community groups to integrate the arts and culture into revitalization activities.
- Measure and document community outcomes with tools to assess the impact of cultural and arts-based programs.
- Share our knowledge about what works and how to implement high-impact, enduring creative projects.
Examples of Creative Placemaking in the Great Places
As part of its support for Great Places 2020, LISC has invested in Creative Placemaking activities throughout the spring, summer, and fall of 2016. All three neighborhoods continue their community engagement and placemaking work within the scope of Great Places 2020. Overall, creative placemaking allowed partners working in community development to look at arts and culture from a new perspective. The planning process and resulting events examined how arts and culture can be integrated into existing plans for each respective neighborhood, and encouraged organizations to think about how to build on existing momentum within these communities. All activities were able to bring people together, beautify the neighborhoods, and develop relationships between residents and stakeholders.
ART EXHIBITION : Englewood Village hosted a pop-up exhibition in an old liquor store called “The Art Shack”. On the same day, a mural project, Notes to Self, was unveiled. Cat Head Press – a shared print shop and artist studio – held their grand opening that day as well. In October, Cat Head Press invited residents their shop to decorate treat bags and carve pumpkins. Learn more here!
FILM FESTIVAL : In June, a group of neighbors developed a film festival for the neighborhood. All films created during the festival were screened in July. Additional workshops offered discussion on techniques for screen writing and cinematography. The final screening was held in a vacant building to show the potential use of their built environment. Learn more here! Click here to view one of the videos from the film festival.
ENGLEWOOD PROJECT : The Englewood Project is the Indianapolis-based extension of the global artwork, Love Letter to the World, by Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todonova from Lexington, KY. 260 Indianapolis community members participated in the project opting to get a line of text from the poem tattooed on their bodies or creating a cross-stitch piece from patterns based the unique design created for the Indianapolis/Englewood project. The Gohde and Todonova project is based on the poem, Love Letta to de Worl by Frank X. Walker, an NAACP Image Award-winner, who wrote it both as an apology and as a renewed commitment to a troubled world. They wanted to create a global community by intertwining poetry, tattoos, design, photography, spoken work, storytelling and music.
CONCERT SERIES : Englewood Village hosted a series of concerts every third Saturday, from June to August. The concert series primarily featured neighbors as the musical acts. The multi-month concert series helped create brand awareness for other projects in Englewood. Learn more here!
MAIN ORGANIZERS : Englewood Community Development Corporation (CDC), Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA)
ADDITIONAL PARTNERS : Cat Head Press, Pia Urban Cafe and Market, Tlaolli, Ash & Elm Cider Co.
THE POD : Artists and organizers worked together to build a temporary wooden storefront facade, backed with a storage pod, on Maple Crossing’s main corridor. The pod provided space for activities, such as knitting, plein air painting, poetry readings, podcasts, free coffee and flowers. Learn more here!
HIP HOPERETTA : A writing class from IPS School 43 helped tell the story of Maple Crossing through hip-hip and operatic storytelling. Sixth grade students walked down major streets in the neighborhood to build neighborhood pride and inspiration for the lyrics, in partnership with a songwriter-inresidence from the Harrison Center. Take a listen here!
48-HOUR SOUND RESIDENCIES : QR codes were posted around Maple Crossing storefronts as part of a sound scavenger hunt. After completing the hunt, listeners were rewarded with a neighborhood sound composition. Other residencies produced nine original songs celebrating the neighborhood using rap and R&B music. Learn more here!
38TH & SHINE : The 5×5 Art Competition sponsored by Great Places sought project submissions from residents and local artists that would celebrate the neighborhood’s assets. The major creative placemaking activities culminated with the winning entry— an attempt to break the world record for the most simultaneously lit sparklers in one place. Learn more here! Click here to watch a video of the event.
MAIN ORGANIZERS : Mapleton-Fall Creek Community Development Corporation, Harrison Center for the Arts
ADDITIONAL PARTNERS : Indy Parks & Recreation, Martin Luther King Community Center, Midtown Indy, Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Neighborhood Associations of Butler-Tarkington, Crown Hill, Mapleton-Fall Creek and Meridian Kessler
ART ALLEY : The Art Alley featured murals in alleyways that aimed to bring visible art into the neighborhood. Artists competed for funds by working with neighborhood schools and a neighborhood church. Neighborhood artists also gathered encouraging phrases that were printed on old-fashioned carnival posters, and designed by neighborhood designers, and distributed them around the neighborhood.
STREET FESTIVAL : Collaborations between neighborhood artists, outside artists, and neighborhood kids led to the development of the West Michigan Street Festival. The festival celebrated the launch and installation of gallery boxes in the River West Art Alley. The festival’s structure aimed to increase the accessibility to the arts, as well as key neighborhood resources, such as food and transportation options available to residents. The festival utilized neighborhood food vendors and the community created bike lanes for the event.
MAIN ORGANIZERS : Big Car Collaborative, IUPUI’s Office of Community Engagement
ADDITIONAL PARTNERS : Indy Convergence, Biergarten, Slovenia National Homes, St. Anthony’s Church