Culture and Creativity

At Enterprise, we believe that integrating culture and creativity into places and processes is a key strategy to build communities that are connected to opportunity and support residents’ long-term wellbeing and success. We leverage the arts, culture, creativity, and design to activate places that are under-utilized, generate interaction and buy-in, increase community pride and connectedness, and spur local economies.

Our Culture and Creativity programs recognize that:

  • Investing in culture and creativity strengthens community resilience: Uplifting culture and creativity can help resist displacement while creating economic benefits and strengthening social fabric, thereby increasing the ability of communities to bounce back from chronic and acute stressors.
  • Place is a key asset: The places which we build can also build stronger bonds, trust, and human networks by increasing the likelihood of social interactions and framing a positive narrative about the identity of a neighborhood.
  • People belong at the center: Collaboration, cultural identity, and creative expression can improve the community development process and center it around the values and voices of local residents.



Tools & Resources Available

Discover examples from our first cohort of collaborative action grantees in this recipes for change book.

This report highlights case studies and strategies for creative placemaking being deployed by three leading community development organizations.

This toolkit is designed to better engage and involve the community in design projects. It is packed with activities, tips, and techniques to foster dialogue and create informed design goals.

Browse, create, or share local community engagement knowledge through our online network of how-to guides!

Contact National Initiatives

The National Initiatives team supports organizations across the country by providing technical assistance in our focus areas of building sustainable organizations, equitable transit-oriented development, design leadership, health and housing, and rural and Native American housing. Technical assistance engagements can vary in timeline, cost, and deliverables.

If you are interested in seeking technical assistance from the National Initiatives team, please submit a request for support. A member of the National Initiatives team will determine if our expertise and capacity aligns with your request and a member of the team will respond promptly.

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