Creative Placemaking and Community Safety: Synthesizing Cross-Cutting Themes

Creative Placemaking and Community Safety: Synthesizing Cross-Cutting Themes

Creative placemaking — efforts to integrate art into a range of community planning and development initiatives — can help improve community safety, a report from the Urban Institute finds. The report, Creative Placemaking and Community Safety: Synthesizing Cross-Cutting Themes (30 pages, PDF), highlights four case studies to show how creative placemaking techniques can be used — from conception and the design stage through construction and programming — to promote empathy and understanding, influence law and policy, provide career opportunities, support well-being, and advance the quality of life in a community. Funded by ArtPlace America, with support from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation(LISC), the report identifies a set of creative placemaking activities designed to improve community safety and outlines a number of implementation challenges, including the complexity of defining, translating, and operationalizing concepts; avoiding unintended consequences such as gentrification and displacement; and building a sustainable funding and organizational infrastructure.