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Placemaking in the Piedmont and Pueblo: Equity in Communities of Color through Arts and Culture

The three-year ArtPlace America Community Development Investments (CDI) initiative has created new equity opportunities in parks in two very different low-income communities of color — a Native community in Zuni, New Mexico, and an African American community in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Both are using an arts and cultural approach, informed by the values and voices of their communities.

For the Zuni Youth Enrichment Project, artists and community members have led the vision, design and construction process of Hon A:wan Park, which holds deep historical meaning but lacked infrastructure and recreation opportunities.

For Fairmount Park Conservancy, a “community change” residency and partnership with an arts collective at a historic house within the park has helped align the organization’s priorities with the needs of their neighbors, generating collaborations with local leaders on capital projects and programming.


  • Learn what commitments and changes organizations can make to employ cultural approaches and make arts and culture strategies more impactful.
  • Find out how relationships with artists and arts organizations can be codesigned with peers, arts residencies, advisory councils, neighbors, and more.
  • Learn how to promote "equity in place" through community engagement.