Art in Place
Connecting Arts + Real Estate
A global cohort of ULI National and District Councils working to connect artists, developers, and community voices to drive more inclusive and participatory real estate outcomes.
Art in Place (AIP) is amplifying community voices and artist perspectives to drive more inclusive and participatory real estate development processes. With financial and programmatic support from the Building Healthy Places (BHP) team, participating cohort councils will host convenings and/or organize Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs) to identify where artists-engaged partnerships in real estate can advance equitable outcomes, empower collective action, and repair the social fabric. Lessons from this work will be shared across the greater National and District Councils network and amongst the wider ULI membership throughout the program.
Participating national and district councils, know collectively as the The Art in Place cohort, includes:
- ULI Austin: Incorporating creative spaces in Austin’s existing and future developments.
- ULI Cleveland: Addressing historic inequities in community art funding and installation in Cleveland.
- ULI Colorado: Reimagining the Steamboat Springs Depot and railyard as a creative hub.
- ULI Hong Kong: Integrating art into real estate in Hong Kong.
- ULI Louisiana: Advancing relationships between local creatives and real estate leaders to support creative placemaking in Baton Rouge.
- ULI NW Arkansas: Spurring creative placemaking collaborations in the northwest Arkansas corridor, a historically culturally underserved region.
The Art in Place cohort, working locally and together, seeks to:
- Foster stronger connections between artists and real estate, demonstrating how culture and creativity can advance social trust, community connection, and development success;
- Demonstrate how to embed creative placemaking and community perspectives into real estate development, to achieve better outcomes; and
- Distill lessons learned for wider sharing and adoption.
The Art in Place cohort is supported by a growing network of global Creative Placemaking leaders, including:
- Juanita Hardy, Senior Advisor, is ULI’s Senior Visiting Fellow for Creative Placemaking. She has decades of experience in business and in the arts as a nonprofit leader, trustee, collector, and patron.
- Tim Jones, Volunteer Coach, is a Toronto-based leader known for his pioneering work at Artscape Toronto. He is currently reimagining of Base31, a former WWII airbase located in Prince Edwards County, Ontario.
- Matthew Kwatinetz, Volunteer Coach, is a Manhattan-based real estate consultant, professor, and board member of the Burning Man organization. He has dedicated his career to building communities and works of art that inspire.
- Marian Liou, Volunteer Coach, is based in Atlanta and serves as Director of Art and Culture at SmartGrowth America. She is known for founding and leading WeLove BuHi, an initiative aimed at promoting inclusive and equitable growth through the integration of art and culture.
Art in Place is the next step in ULI’s ongoing commitment to Creative Placemaking (CPM) focused on the integration of art, culture, and creativity as levers of community revitalization and is made possible by the generous support of former Global Governing Trustee and Julia Morgan Society member Michael Spies.
- AIP Pre-Program Fact Sheet | pdf
- AIP Informational Webinar 09.13.22 video | pdf
- AIP Scoping Workshop #2, 07.19.22 video | pdf
- AIP Scoping Workshop #1, 06.21.22 video | pdf
- Six Councils Join Global Cohort to Connect Art and Real Estate | Urban Land Online
- Michael Spies’ $350,000 Gift Supports New ULI Effort to Involve Artists in Real Estate | link
- Creative Placemaking: Sparking Development with Art + Culture | ULI Knowledge Finder