Creative placemaking

Humphrey Institute’s Professor Ann Markusen may be in Scotland on a Fulbright scholarship, but that’s not stopping her from continuing to make waves state-side on issues surround the arts and economic development.

On Friday, Markusen presented a white-paper – via satellite – to the National Endowment for the Arts. The white paper is for the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, which is dedicated to transforming communities through smart design.

The main thrust of the paper is that creating spaces that foster creativity – say, through the use of public art, or by converting empty warehouses into artist studios – fosters economic development by both reinvesting residents’ money locally at a higher rate, and by attracting non-arts-related businesses and skills to the community.

You can read Markusen’s full report here.

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