Rust Belt to Artist Belt


How can we use art to improve the quality of life in our post-industrial cities?

The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) launched a multi-year initiative in 2007, called Creative Compass, to help artists gain access to affordable housing and business space and to encourage them to become active contributers to the revitalization of our urban neighborhoods. 

For the past two years, CPAC has hosted the conference From Rust Belt to Artist Belt to “explore how industrial cities are using artist-based community development to change the stories being told about their communities.”  This year’s conference took place on Sept. 17-18, but make sure to attend their upcoming events and join their network.

Watch the following lecture about how artist Lily Yeh used art to improve the quality of life for impoverished neighborhoods around the world:

(Watch Part 2 and Part 3 of this lecture)

“In the most devastat[ed] place – that’s the place most ready for transformation.  I see abandoned lot[s] as endless resources for us to create innovative way[s] to create our new future.” – Lily Yeh

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