These case studies of arts and culture incorporated in the planning process were captured at a recent meeting of the North Suburban Planning Council (NSPC) and Metropolitan Area Planning Council forum.

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FARGO PROJECT

The City of Fargo is currently working on a pilot project to transform a neighborhood drainage basin into a community commons that will reflect the cultural vibrancy of the Fargo community. Meanwhile, the basin will maintain its function as a storm water collection site. The “Fargo Project” is made possible thanks to a partnership with ecological artist Jackie Brookner and by a $100,000 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town Grant. This grant will be matched by the City of Fargo.


 

Excellent plan, called IMAGINE 2020, that has examples of priorities that emerged from a very effective community driven planning process.

The priorities that emerged include more work space, promoting arts education, inclusion, etc. It “reflects the vision, goals and aspirations of everyone who contributed ideas through the planning process and will help guide resources, support and direction for the City’s arts and culture in all their many forms. It makes a call to action to city agencies, cultural institutions, businesses, civic leaders, neighborhood- and community- based organizations and residents to ensure arts and culture are at the heart of this great city.”

Sponsored by four entities:

  • Denver Arts & Venues
  • Denver Office of Economic Development
  • Office of Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock
  • Corona Insights (market research firm)

Art and Zoning: Nashville Metro Arts Commission

Nashville adjusted zoning to streamline zoning to permit more arts and culture opportunities …inclusive of artisan manufacturing.

“A proposed Metro ordinance likely to be introduced in May will create a new use category in Metro’s zoning code designed to make it easier for artisans, craftsmen and makers to find suitable workspace.”

Ordinance was sponsored by two city councilor’s, and spearheaded by Nashville’s Creative Edge, a coalition that formed to represent the interests of creative workers in advance of the Mayoral election.


Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center (GMDC). Arts and Economic Development: NYC. non-profit industrial developer finds and rehabs underutilized or abandoned buildings and makes them available as maker spacers for artisans, artists, and other creators. By the tenants listing, it is easy to see the variety of beneficiaries: artisans, fine artists, etc. http://www.gmdconline.org/tenants/all


STATION NORTH ARTS DISTRICT

Organizes events and initiatives – property owner to have performances in a vacant lot. Works closely with arts council and planning to better define arts zoning.


Public Arts St Paul, “has redefined the role of the artist working within city government. Integrated far upstream in the daily and long-term workings of the city, artists are creating a new artistic, social and civic practice through an innovative public-private partnership between Public Art Saint Paul and the City of Saint Paul. The central pursuit is to create art out of the life-sustaining systems of the city. Artists advise on major city initiatives and lead their own artistic and curatorial projects and have dedicated workspace within the Department of Public Works so they can freely collaborate across city agencies. The partnership between the City of Saint Paul and Public Art Saint Paul is unique, highly effective and seen nationally as a model. Saint Paul is unique in that City Artists work within the walls of City Hall and ensure that art is considered as an integral part of nearly every civic discipline: parks, planning, public works and libraries; from early conceptualization of the City’s urban future through planning studies, capital project design, on-going street and sidewalk maintenance, and the programming of public places.

Artist in residence is asked to attend municipal meetings and asked to contribute ideas for how to add to the planning process.

In 2015, as part of the City Artist program in St. Paul, Minnesota, visual artist Amanda Lovelee drove around in a colorful red truck bringing ice pops to residents who provided feedback about their city.


ARLINGTON COUNTY PUBLIC ART PROGRAM

“Today, Arlington is home to more than sixty permanent public art projects. These projects are commissioned by the County to be integrated into various capital improvement projects, commissioned by developers as part of the site plan process, and initiated by communities. Arlington’s history of developer-initiated projects goes back to 1979 with the commission of Nancy Holt’s Dark Star Park in Rosslyn. “

The public art program is administered by is administered by Arlington Economic Development. Staff are Public Art Administrator and Public Art Project Managers Deirdre Ehlen and Elizabeth Carriger.

The public art is temporary, permanent, process-centric, and embedded in the capital improvement process.


Medford Arts Council won award because they have active resident base…organizing with city. $30,000 set aside for arts and culture: they are doing/ launching a wayfinding signage program to hire artists to help …secure more funding for arts and culture. Identifying arts grants…what are these investments and how can municipal entities plug in
Medford Arts Council


Beverly Main Streets has followed the Mainstreets methodology. As one of over 2,000 communities that have used this approach to revitalize the downtown and preserve the historic essence of the buildings, Beverly Main Streets has helped build a thriving commercial district that also capitalizes on the arts.With the help of a significant grant to make a plan, Beverly 2020, applied for the Cultural District designation. And this arts district is now a part of the thriving downtown.

This information came from a meeting sponsored by North Suburban Planning Council http://www.mapc.org/nspc  & Metropolitan Area Planning Council.  http://www.mapc.org

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