The Arts Council of Mendocino County commissions public art and inspires local communities to realize creative placemaking and placekeeping projects as well. These projects are intended to engage local artists; to result in art in public places throughout Mendocino County, and to realize objectives set by community leaders. Please see below for a definition of creative placemaking and for examples of past projects. If you would like to propose a creative placemaking project for your community, please contact the ACMC office. If you would like to support these projects, please make a donation.
In creative placemaking, partners from public, private, nonprofit, and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, tribe, city, or region around arts and cultural activities. Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired.
– Ann Markusen, Markusen Economic Research Services & Anne Gadwa, Metris Arts Consulting
From Creative Placemaking
Art improves the lives of America’s citizens in many ways. Communities across our nation are engaging design and leveraging the arts to create livable, sustainable neighborhoods with enhanced quality of life, increased creative activity, distinct identities, a sense of place, and vibrant local economies that capitalize on existing local assets.
– National Endowment for the Arts