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The NEA defines Creative Placemaking: when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work—placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies. 

These articles and features bring together some of the work that tCAL has presented that expands and complicates the ideas about creative placemaking. 

Creative Placemaking: A Conversation between Jamie Bennett and Jonathon Glus - ArtPlace America's Jamie Bennett discusses the role of creative placemaking in our society in this November 2014 program.

LiA Summit 2015: Growing Place – At the Intersection of Art, Business and Community - The panel consisted of UH professor Susan Rogers, developer Jon Deal, Greater East End Management District Director Diane Schenke, and arts/community organizer Ana Laurel. Dr. Rogers explores the intersection of art, community, and place and the corresponding responsibilities and intentions involved. The respondents share their ideas on how these concepts work from their perspective and their realities.

Summit 2014: Creative Economies – Challenges for Artists, Arts Organizations, Cities & Neighborhoods - Surveying the intersections among artists, arts organizations and place, Ann Markusen summarizes a decade’s research on how artists are becoming more interdisciplinary, more mobile between and within cities, and more apt to work simultaneously in commercial, nonprofit and community sectors.

Dr. Markusen,an influential researcher and advocate for the arts, compiled a list of articles that provide background or further expansion on the ideas she presented during her talk: Creative Economies: Challenges for Artists, Arts Organizations, Cities and Neighborhoods.

Advisory Board Member and artist Aaron Landsman has been exploring parallel issues as he builds toward his 2016 project "Perfect City." Beyond interviewing urban planners, design experts and theorists, Landsman has been doing extensive reading and thinking about the 21st Century City.