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A “relationship guide” to forging strong and sustainable creative partnerships between local governments and artists.
Municipal/Artist (M/A) partnerships are collaborations between local governments and artists that use creative processes to engage residents and improve communities. To support growing interest in these collaborations this new practical resource was created to guide municipal agency leaders, artists, and arts agency leaders to achieve positive and powerful artistic and civic results. The guide gives focus to the risks, responsibilities, and rewards that arise when artists and municipalities work together. It helps users visualize a spectrum of partnership models and projects to demonstrate the diversity of this work, and to develop a unique model for their municipality.
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The guide features:
- Models for integrating artists’ work in municipal settings
- Guiding principles, values & quality practices, and reflections on common challenges and ways to approach them
- Value-add and impacts of engaging artists in municipal settings
- Profiles of partnerships across the U.S. that portray a spectrum of municipal-artist partnership structures and projects
- Model documents, tools, and frameworks to guide planning, implementation, and evaluation
- Links to multimedia examples that provide a picture of this work and the voices of partners
Funding for this guide to Municipal/Artist Partnerships has been provided by Our Town, the National Endowment for the Arts’ creative placemaking grants program, and the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.
A Blade of Grass Field Research
A Blade of Grass evaluates and qualitatively assesses the impact and methods of socially engaged art projects using action research methodology. This approach studies an action while it’s in process by identifying initial project goals and definitions of success, and then conducting interviews with project participants and stakeholders to gather their perspectives and views on whether and how these goals are met. We apply this methodology to A Blade of Grass Fellowship projects as well as to the work of NYC Department of Cultural Affairs’ Public Artists in Residence, a program that embeds artists in municipal agencies. The research we conduct serves individual artists and the socially engaged art field by capturing the ways an art project’s goals and definitions of success inevitably evolve, and by providing narratives of individual experiences to account for the subjective, qualitative nature of these projects.
Explore select field research below, and feel free to direct research-related inquiries to email@example.com.