By integrating arts and culture into the planning process for transportation projects—or creative placemaking—communities can plan and build transportation projects that better reflect and celebrate local culture, heritage, and values. But where is this happening and what does it look like in practice?
In late September, Smart Growth America is releasing a rigorous new national examination of creative placemaking to better understand how and where artists, designers, and cultural workers are collaborating with local governments and community partners to solve transportation challenges.
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According to SGA, “every great place—whether small town, big city, local neighborhood—also has a unique sense of itself that’s reflected in or supported by artists and local culture. Because the arts are a core part of strengthening the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities, they’re also a key part of smarter growth, which is all about building great, sustainable, livable places.”
The power of creative placemaking is gaining wider recognition among transportation professionals, and the art world is responding and finding new ways to collaborate, according to SGA.
The ArtPlace Transportation Field Scan, a forthcoming report from its Transportation for America program in partnership with ArtPlace America, will examine creative placemaking projects across the U.S. that demonstrate ways that arts and culture involvement can deliver transportation projects more smoothly and quickly, improve safety, and build community support. The Field Scan also aims to introduce arts audiences to the transportation challenges and opportunities faced by local officials, so that artists may more effectively engage with them.