Creative placemaking includes a diverse array of arts engagement, cultural planning and design activities. For instance, in the 2013 round of Our Town funding, the Detroit Economic Growth Association received a grant to use vacant retail storefronts as sites for arts and creative entrepreneurship. The Groundswell Community Mural Project in Brooklyn, New York received a grant to engage young adults on probation in reclaiming vandalized walls. The Parks and Recreation Department of Laramie, Wyoming received a grant to create a public art plan.
While Our Town projects vary in focus, they are united in having:
- A systemic approach to civic development and a persuasive vision for enhanced community livability.
- Clearly defined civic development goals and objectives that recognize and enhance the role that the arts and design play at the center of community life.
- An action plan aligned with the project vision and civic development goals.
- A funding plan that is appropriate, feasible, indicates strong and wide community support, and includes a well-conceived strategy for maintaining the work of the project.
- Artistic excellence of the design and/or arts organizations, designers, or artists involved with the project.