Connecting with the Department of Planning and Community Development

C4 Atlanta is working with The Department of Planning and Community Development to engage artists in the planning and re-zoning process. This is a new partnership but The Department and the Planning Commissioner (and his team) value artists and welcome input as the city begins a new zoning ordinance (the last update was 1980).

C4 Atlanta is offering the training to help artists better understand city planning, and to better understand the complexities of civic-centered art making.

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Local Community Partners

As we’ve expanded to other regions, we definitely had to rely more heavily on community partnerships or having organizational partners that could be mouthpieces for our organization. It assures artists that we are legit, and that we have their best interest at heart. Because we’ve been in the game so long, they think it is worth getting to know us and coming to trainings and taking advantage of grants and coaching that we offer. 

We still have a ways to go to build all of the right kinds of partnerships to make sure that we’re hitting all aspects of the community. We want to serve more artists of color, we want to be sure that we have community partners that will help us reach more artists of color. We want to introduce them and other underrepresented groups to our services so that they can build their art practices.

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Strategic Planning Missing Artist Voice

The strategic plan for the city of Nashville created in the 1990s did not include a single artist on the leadership team for developing policy for the next ten years of the city. As a result, the arts received one paragraph in the resulting document with no mention of resources for individual artists and very little understanding of the impact the arts could have on other policy needs/considerations. Nonetheless, this was the official document guiding the next ten years of policy in the city and created an uphill struggle for artists. This should be a cautionary tale for future planning processes!

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