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Building and Supporting Equitable Development (BASED)


Advancing Community Development Through Arts and Culture

Key Strategies

Creative Placemaking

Equitable Community Development

Engaging Artists and Culture Bearers

Uplifting Residents as Key Drivers and Co-Creators

The BASED initiative explored the advancement of community development through arts and culture. This national program provided a platform for continued learning of leading practitioners and Kresge staff around emerging field priorities, such as strengthening racial equity and inclusion best practices within the community development sector.

While a substantial number of community development organizations have successfully integrated creative problem-solving into broader neighborhood strategies, many of these organizations face staffing, policy and funding hurdles. BASED aimed to strengthen these organizations and expand efforts that integrated creative problem-solving into place-based work happening in cities nationwide.

This four-year pilot initiative launched in 2019 and concluded in 2023. A report is forthcoming.

BASED Grantees

Building and Supporting Equitable Development (BASED) Resources

Creating Healthier Places with Art and Artists

Leaders value equitable policies for improved well-being in communities. With new funding available at all levels of government, now is the time to build on the proven practice of creative…

Arts & Culture