10 Sectors, 10 Solutions: Artists and Community Change

On Display
October 5, 2018 to January 1, 2019
Kibel Gallery


Friday, November 9th

12-2 pm

Kibel Gallery 



10 Sectors, 10 Solutions: Artists and Community Change



Many traditional planning and development efforts have fallen short of delivering equitable, healthy, sustainable outcomes in communities.


In response, artists and arts organizations across the United States are developing the kinds of human-centered, contextual, adaptive solutions that can strengthen their communities from within.


This exhibition highlights 10 creative placemaking projects from across the country, each supported by ArtPlace America, each addressing a community need, and each working within a traditional community planning and development sector: Agriculture & Food, Economic Development, Education & Youth, Environment & Energy, Health, Housing, Immigration, Public Safety, Transportation, and Workforce Development.



Creative placemaking happens when artists and arts organizations join their neighbors in shaping their community’s future—working together to produce beneficial, place-based outcomes. This practice is at its best when it is locally defined and informed and centers the people who live, work, and play in a place.


The term “creative placemaking” was introduced to American communities in 2010 through a white paper Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwa Nicodemus wrote for the Mayors’ Institute on City Design. While artists’ involvement in building communities stretches back to the earliest civilizations around the world, this paper summarized two decades of creative placemaking in the United States, with an emphasis on the role of the arts in livability and economic development.


Over time, practitioners of creative placemaking have increasingly pushed the boundaries of traditional community planning and development and have demonstrated the effectiveness of building creative, cross-sector, interdisciplinary solutions to local challenges. To support and advance this way of working, ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) was established as a collaboration among a number of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions to position arts and culture as a core sector of community planning and development.


Today, as the field of creative placemaking rapidly grows in cities, towns, and rural areas across the United States, the conversation has grown to encompass many other ways arts and culture can address community planning and development issues.


The people and organizations who do this work are also more diverse than ever: they operate across sectors, strive to achieve a range of human-centered outcomes, and include everyone from residents to artists to teachers to professional community planners.


ArtPlace has organized much of the work of community planning and development into 10 core sectors that show the variety of areas in which arts and culture can contribute to positive place-based outcomes:


Agriculture & Food

Economic Development

Education & Youth

Environment & Energy




Public Safety


Workforce Development


Inherent in each of these 10 sectors are specific goals and desired outcomes, and a particular set of strategies and tactics to achieve them. Having made investments of over $100 million in this work since 2011, ArtPlace is growing the field of creative placemaking through demonstration projects, meaningful investments in organizational change, and catalytic research. By exploring how arts and culture have been and might be allies in helping to reach community development goals, ArtPlace aims to develop open processes, shared languages, and common aspirations, so that communities across the country can benefit from the powerful, cross-sector synergies today’s creative placemaking practitioners are generating.


Creative placemaking does not necessarily seek to make places more “creative”—instead, it empowers residents, artists, and planners to creatively addresslocal challenges and opportunities. ArtPlace measures creative placemaking success by the ways artists, formal and informal arts spaces, and creative interventions contribute to sustainable beneficial outcomes for communities.



This exhibition is organized by ArtPlace America and co-presented with the Kibel Gallery at the University of Maryland.



Adam Erickson, ArtPlace America

Ronit Eisenbach, University of Maryland


Exhibition Design: Manuel Miranda Practice


About ArtPlace America

ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is a 10-year collaboration among a number of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions. Beginning work as an organization in 2011, and finishing in 2020, its mission is to position arts and culture as a core sector of community planning and development.


About the Kibel Gallery

The Kibel Gallery plays a vital role in the life of the School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation at the University of Maryland. Exhibitions relating to the school’s four disciplines are chosen for their potential to spark dialogue about the built environment and for their celebration of exemplary professional and student work. 

Kibel Gallery Design Team:

Eric Bos, Heather Summers, Philip Dayao, Paula Nasta, Ronit Eisenbach


About Manuel Miranda Practice

Manuel Miranda Practice (MMP) uses graphic design to make places and content visible, legible, and navigable to people. In addition to studio practice, Manuel Miranda is a critic at the Yale School of Art and a member of New York City's Public Design Commission. MMP is based in the Lower East Side of New York City.


Project List

Project Name: Appalachian Artisan Center of Kentucky, Inc.

Organizer Name: Appalachian Artisan Center of Kentucky, Inc.

Location: Hindman, KY

Geographic Context: Rural

Sector: Health

Artistic Discipline(s): Folk & Traditional Arts, Music, Visual Arts

Website: http://www.artisancenter.net/


Project Name: Chiyo's Garden

Organizer Name: Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

Location: Seattle, WA

Geographic Context: Urban

Sector: Immigration

Artistic Discipline(s): Design & Architecture, Folk & Traditional Arts, Visual Arts

Website: http://www.wingluke.org/


Project Name: Detroit Cultivators

Organizer Name: Oakland Avenue Urban Farm

Location: Detroit, MI

Geographic Context: Urban

Sector: Agriculture & Food

Artistic Discipline(s): Multidisciplinary

Website: http://www.oaklandurbanfarm.org/


Project Name: Eden Lives!

Organizer Name: Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs' Activities League

Location: Hayward, CA

Geographic Context: Urban

Sector: Public Safety

Artistic Discipline(s): Multidisciplinary

Website: http://edennightlive.com/


Project Name: The Fargo Project: World Garden Commons

Organizer Name: City of Fargo

Location: Fargo, ND

Geographic Context: Urban

Sector: Environment & Energy

Artistic Discipline(s): Design & Architecture, Folk & Traditional Arts, Visual Arts, Other

Website: www.thefargoproject.com


Project Name: New Hampshire Ave: This Is a Place To...

Organizer Name: Dance Exchange

Location: Takoma Park, MD

Geographic Context: Suburban

Sector: Transportation

Artistic Discipline(s): Dance, Visual Arts

Website: http://danceexchange.org/


Project Name: Rolling Rez Arts Mobile Unit

Organizer Name: First Peoples Fund

Location: Kyle, SD

Geographic Context: Rural

Sector: Workforce Development

Artistic Discipline(s): Folk & Traditional Arts

Website: http://www.firstpeoplesfund.org/rolling-rez-arts/


Project Name: Sipp Culture

Organizer Name: Mississippi Center for Cultural Production

Location: Utica, MS

Geographic Context: Rural

Sector: Economic Development

Artistic Discipline(s): Film & Media, Other

Website: www.sippculture.com


Project Name: Southwest Folklife Alliance

Organizer Name: Southwest Folklife Alliance

Location: Nogales, AZ

Geographic Context: Rural

Sector: Education & Youth

Artistic Discipline(s): Craft & Culinary Arts, Film & Media, Literature

Website: https://www.southwestfolklife.org/


Project Name: Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling

Organizer Name: Broadway Housing Communities

Location: New York, NY

Geographic Context: Urban

Sector: Housing

Artistic Discipline(s): Design & Architecture, Visual Arts, Other

Website: http://www.sugarhillmuseum.org/