Creative placemaking fosters economic development along commercial corridors

Using arts and culture to create a unique sense of place can be a powerful revitalization force in struggling communities.

Murals, street art, festivals, and arts-related businesses make a place more attractive to residents and to the rest of the region. Creative placemaking can transform a low-income neighborhood into a bustling hive of commerce that stimulates investment, creates jobs, and boosts the local economy.

Over the past few years, we've sponsored two creative placemaking initiatives along the Central Corridor--Irrigate, an artist-led community engagement effort, and C4, a cultural corridor collaborative.

And now we've partnered with three organizations--Juxtapostion Arts in North Minneapolis, and African Economic Development Solutions and the Asian Economic Development Association in St. Paul's Central Corridor--as part of national LISC's Creative Placemaking initiative funded by The Kresge Foundation.