Making Sense of Meaning: How Creative Documentation Enhances Our Understanding of Community Development


This is the fourth in a series of briefs that describe the changes, insights, and lessons when arts and cultural strategies are deployed in service of comprehensive community development and planning. During ArtPlace America's Community Development Investments initiative, six participating organizations which had not previously focused on the arts developed creative placemaking projects and cultural strategies that could help them more effectively achieve their missions. PolicyLink conducted a research and documentation project to measure the progress, immediate outcomes, and impacts of those projects.

This brief examines how artist researchers in theater, film, photography, and other disciplines brought different questions, sensibilities, and methods to bear to creatively document the CDI initiative as a whole and to advance the goals of the individual site teams. Download the brief.