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Gambit

Sarah Ravits

23 August 2021

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Various initiatives in New Orleans have created affordable housing in New Orleans specifically for musicians and artists as a way to both provide housing and revitalize neighborhoods after the widespread damage from H...

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Emily Nonko

9 June 2021

Massachusetts, United States

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Artists at Work is a pilot project of THE OFFICE performing arts + film that paired artists with cultural and community partners to work on local initiatives. For their work, the artists were paid a living wage, inclu...

The Bitter Southerner

Jessica Bradley Wells

27 April 2021

Dillsboro, North Carolina, United States

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Jackson County Green Energy Park uses methane leaking from a closed landfill to power blacksmithing and glassblowing studios. The county cleared 550 tons of loose debris and drilled thirteen 70-80-foot wells to captur...

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Claire Marie Porter

15 February 2021

Austin, Texas, United States

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Arts From The Streets gives artists living with homelessness a path to economic mobility and housing stability by offering ways to make and sell their art. An annual show can bring in $100,000 in sales, 95% of which g...

The New York Times

Zachary Small

23 August 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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A burst of creativity is helping Portland confront its racist histories. From murals appearing on boarded-up buildings, protest art on exhibit at art centers, and artists gathering downtown to display their work depic...

Bangor Daily News

Ernie Clark

21 June 2020

Monson, Maine, United States

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A Portland-based foundation has revitalized a small town in Maine with the establishment of an arts colony, reconstruction of old buildings in downtown, and a full health center - a rarity for small towns. A declining...

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Adina Solomon

29 January 2020

College Park, Georgia, United States

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Collaborations can breathe new life into community churches. In College Park, Georgia, the College Park First United Methodist Church entered into a partnership with PushPush, a theater nonprofit formerly located in t...

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Zoe Sullivan

18 December 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Bringing labor organizing practices to the art world strengthens the fight for equitable pay. Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) provides certification to arts organizations that agree to minimum pay s...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Allison Meier

22 August 2019

United States

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Cultivating a sustainable art scene that allows creatives to make a living requires a delicate balance of various factors. Fellowships are vital for providing the time and space that artists need to develop their craf...

The Daily Yonder

Bryce Oates

16 April 2019

Thomas, West Virginia, United States

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Renewing distressed economies can be done through reinvesting in arts and culture. By building successful partnerships with rural Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) like the Woodlands Community Lende...

NationSwell

Monica Humphries

16 April 2019

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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For individuals who are homeless or otherwise disadvantaged, art can be more than therapeutic—it can be lucrative. ArtLifting, a public benefit corporation started in Boston, MA, specializes in helping homeless and di...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Sarah Hauer

12 April 2019

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Pop-Up MKE was a pilot program that provided a risk-free way for artists to see if their products would sell in a retail space by giving 19 urban entrepreneurs 30 days of free retail space and mini-grants up to $2,000...

BBC

Dougal Shaw

29 January 2019

Eskilstuna, Sweden

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In Eskilstuna, Sweden, there is a different kind of shopping mall – one that sells used and upcycled goods. In an effort to combat consumerism and bolster sustainability, the mall, called ReTuna, is nicely curated and...

Washington City Paper

Adrianna Smith

13 December 2018

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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On one floor of an affordable housing building in Washington, D.C., the NonStop Art Makerspace has made creativity more accessible. The makerspace was a group effort between Capital One, the Community Preservation and...

PBS NewsHour

Jeffrey Brown

Mike Fritz

16 October 2018

South Dakota, United States

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5-15 Minutes

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In order to help Native artists, the First People’s Fund launched the “Rolling Rez Arts,” a shuttle bus that doubles as an arts center, cell, and business incubator. “Every culture has stories. They have art. They hav...

Artsy

Alexxa Gotthardt

22 August 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Momm and Popp is a Detroit-area artist residency built to support artists with young children. Supports provided by Momm and Popp include access to child care, activities for children, and a financial stipend.

Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Carla Jean Whitley

2 August 2018

Carbondale, Colorado, United States

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Carbondale is one of several Colorado towns that is focusing on preserving affordability for local artists. Since a different town was selected for a state-run program called Space to Create, Carbondale had to get mor...

Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Carla Jean Whitley

2 August 2018

Trinidad, Colorado, United States

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One small town in Colorado has spurred economic development by implementing a strategy that focused on the revitalization of creative industries. As a result, Trinidad, CO, has seen a twofold increase in lodging tax i...

Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Carla Jean Whitley

31 July 2018

Loveland, Colorado, United States

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Having made a commitment to commissioning and placing hundreds of pieces of public art, a Colorado city is now also making a commitment to artists. A 30 unit apartment building has been created with the purpose of pro...

Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Carla Jean Whitley

30 July 2018

Loveland, Colorado, United States

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Together, the nonprofit real estate developer Artspace and Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), a government program supporting creative industries statewide, are helping support artists through affordable housing and ...

American University Radio (WAMU)

Mikaela Lefrak

25 July 2018

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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The Washington Women’s Art Center, in operation from 1975 to 1987, was founded as a space to promote women artists away from the institutionalized misogyny of the art world. In addition to exhibitions, the Center also...

The New York Times Magazine

Janelle Zara

20 June 2018

New York, New York, United States

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As artists of color are routinely marginalized or erased from art history, black gallerists have served a critical role to support and champion black artists. Gallerists provide an entry point for artists as well as p...

Yes! Magazine

Olivia Rosane

7 May 2018

London, England

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A team of London artists revitalized a town by turning an old World War II bomb site into a community garden. They joined forces with locals, who saw the garden as an opportunity to protect the space from being develo...

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

9 September 2016

Eastport, Maine, United States

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Creating spaces for art and artists to thrive can have a positive impact on a city’s economy. By converting disused buildings into studio spaces and galleries for artists, the Tides Institute and Museum of Art (TIMA) ...

Bloomberg CityLab

Simone D'Antonio

3 June 2016

Turin, Italy

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Turin used to be a bustling hub for the automobile industry but since then it has been left as a dead industrial area. The Ex-incet development aims to change this by using an old company's headquarters to be the site...

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