Exploring Creative Placemaking
Across the country, arts communities are known to contribute to the economic vitality of their surroundings. The Foundation’s interest in the intersections between community and economic development, arts and culture prompted it to bring in Artspace, the nation’s leading developer of arts facilities, to determine the feasibility of creating quality, affordable, live-work spaces for artists in Petersburg. A groundswell of supporters stepped in to help promote a major survey of area artists, arts organizations and creative businesses. Pictured here, Eugene B. Batiste III produced a 60-second video featuring local artists who encouraged the audience to “Take the survey!” Over 730 individuals and 105 creative and cultural organizations and businesses participated. The survey analysis revealed a need for affordable live-work spaces and accommodations for other creative enterprises. Currently, the Foundation is pursuing options for such a development.