28 Jul '11, 12pm

The role of arts in thriving communities:

The role of arts in thriving communities:

I’ve had several occasions in this blog to describe arts-driven revitalization, from Syracuse to Paducah . I think my favorites, though, remain two small arts-driven projects in Houston and Los Angeles. In 2006 Project Row Houses , in Houston, was called “the most impressive and visionary public art project in the United States” by Michael Kimmelman in the International Herald Tribune . Artist Rick Lowe led the rehabilitation of 22 abandoned shotgun houses in one of Houston’s poorest districts, dedicating them to rotating installations of art, photography and literary projects relevant to African-American culture. This first step was followed by the creation of a community development corporation, dedication of additional houses to become transitional homes for young mothers, and the building of new affordable homes in the same architectural character as the row houses. Th...

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