Agape Development & Southeast Houston Transformation Alliance

Greater Houston Area Outreach

YES Prep & M.D. Anderson Family YMCA

Change Happens at Discovery Green

Marshall Middle School at AVANCE Northside

Why Placemaking?

Placemaking has evolved over the years into a national and international movement to create connections between people and the places they share. It uses a grass-roots approach to ignite active community engagement and encourage innovation while creating sustainable, positive changes in communities all around the world. The process of placemaking cultivates a sense of belonging and ownership in the members of a community, showing them that they have the resources and assets within themselves to create powerful, lasting change. Through Creative Placemaking, we can unlock these assets and build resilience in our communities.

  • "[Creative Placemaking] describes projects in which art plays an intentional and integrated role in place-based community planning and development. This brings artists, arts organizations, and artistic activity into the suite of placemaking strategies pioneered by Jane Jacobs and her colleagues, who believed that community development must be locally informed, human-centric, and holistic." - ArtPlace America

  • "A community’s connection to place is at the very heart of resilience. In fact, resilience on its own has limited value if residents feel little attachment to, or investment in, a place. Placemaking is the process of building and nurturing this relationship between people and their environment. Through a broad focus on creating quality places, Placemaking builds the shared value, community capacity, and cross-sector collaboration that is the bedrock of resilient cities and thriving communities." - Ethan Kent, Project for Public Spaces