We position culture and creativity as drivers of more just communities
The animating principle of Kresge’s Arts & Culture Program is equitable Creative Placemaking, which elevates arts, culture and community-engaged design as central elements of community development and planning.
Creative Placemaking can involve many approaches. Its core function, however, is elevating the unique attributes of a place through the voices of its residents. If we involve artists and culture bearers to rethink the concept of community development, we are able to create a new perspective that embodies the culture and voices of the people who live there. This approach can contribute to enhanced pathways for people with low incomes to lead self-determined, healthy lives and to contribute to more just outcomes. However, it must take aim – in an explicit, nuanced and multifaceted way – at the structural inequalities of systems, policies and practices that are embedded in all dimensions of community life. Creative Placemaking provides an intentional way to advance toward equity and justice.
Our Three Focus Areas
Our strategies focus on arts and creativity as contributing dimensions to the health and wellbeing of residents in communities. All residents should benefit from community development initiatives. Our strategies focus on collective action to create equitable outcomes in disinvested neighborhoods.
We work to advance creative approaches that empower residents to drive change and restore wellness in their neighborhoods.
We work to promote creative solutions to community development and planning in targeted geographies to support change.
We work to advance the field of Creative Placemaking, specifically its leaders, practices and principles of equity and inclusion.
Through these initiatives, we have an opportunity to invest in learning communities for peer exchange and explore new approaches over time.
This national initiative seeks to advance community development through arts and culture.
A grantee cohort of five community-based organizations are using arts and culture to reimagine justice in their local cities.
FreshLo funds neighborhood-scale projects that integrate healthy food offerings, community development and equity into their work.
Funding & Eligibility Requirements
The Arts & Culture Program supports equitable Creative Placemaking activities. When available, grant opportunities are listed on the Current Funding Opportunities page.
How to Apply
Arts & Culture Grants Made
Arts & Culture Social Investments Made
Senior Program Officer
Arts & Culture
Program Team Assistant
Associate Program Officer
Associate, Grants Management
Arts & Culture, Opportunity Fund, Social Investment Practice