Creative Placemaking

Creative Placemaking is generally understood as the use of arts and culture by diverse partners to strategically shape the physical and social character of a place in order to spur economic development, promote enduring social change, and improve the physical environment.

ROW’s approach to creative placemaking is to place artists and art at the heart of neighborhood and community revitalization planning and project implementation.
For a more detailed explanation about creative placemaking, click here.

KRESGE Foundation recently awarded ROW $1.35M over three years (2014-2016) as part of its “Harvesting Leading Practices in Arts and Culture” program, allowing us to fund these creative placemaking projects in areas along our city’s waterways. For more info about Kresge funding allocation, click here.

Download the presentations from the last workshop on Jan. 24, 2015:
Gail Payne, ROW Collective Impact Director, ROW Overview
Scott Stulen, Curator of Audience Experiences & Performance, Indianapolis Museum of Art


With local creative leaders also helping drive the conversation, the workshops aim to :

  • develop a shared understanding and language around creative placemaking
  • spark and refine ideas for ROW-related projects in Indianapolis
  • connect artists and residents from our waterway areas as we launch into an exciting time in our city.