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Jamie Bennett

Jamie Bennett is the executive director of ArtPlace America, a collaboration among 14 foundations, 8 federal agencies, and 6 financial institutions dedicated to strengthening the field of creative placemaking. Over the past 3 years, ArtPlace has invested $42.1 million in 134 projects in which artists and arts organizations play an explicit and central role in strategies to help shape their communities’ social, physical, and economic futures. 

Until December 2013, Jamie was Chief of Staff and Director of Public Affairs at the National Endowment for the Arts. Previously, he was Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs during Mayor Bloomberg's administration. Jamie has also provided strategic counsel at the Agnes Gund Foundation, served as chief of staff to the President of Columbia University, and worked in fundraising at The Museum of Modern Art, the New York Philharmonic, and Columbia College. 

His non-profit affiliations have included the Board of Directors of Art21 and HERE Arts Center; the Foot-in-the-Door Committee of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation; and Studio in a School’s Associates Committee. Jamie received his B.A. from Columbia College in New York City.

Art installation in Sauk County.
Creative Placemaking

Creative Placemaking

Doing Art to Change a Place—March 3-5, 2014

28 February 2014

“Creative Placemaking” describe projects in which artists and arts organizations are explicitly working as part of a larger strategy to help shape their communities’ social, physical, and economic characters. In other words, these projects are doing art to change a place. This work is not new—in ancient Greece, the theater was the literal, spiritual, and civic center of the community—but putting a name on it is. And creating a sense of community among previously unconnected projects is new as well. This article is part of a series of four articles on Creative Placemaking publishing in conjunction with the 2014 ArtPlace America Grantee Summit. The Summit will livestream Mon, March 3 to Wed, March 5 on HowlRound.TV. In Twitter, use #ArtPlace to participate in the conversation. View the full series, the schedule, and archive here: http://bit.ly/artplace2014.

ArtPlace Grantee Summit 2014

ArtPlace Grantee Summit 2014

A series on Creative Placemaking in conjunction with the 2014 ArtPlace America Grantee Summit.

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