Creative Placemaking in Central Appalachia

Understanding the role of arts and culture in Appalachia’s economic transition

Kathryn Coulter, Andrew Crosson, and Thomas Watson

The members of the Central Appalachian Network (CAN) believe that creative placemaking has an important role to play in the region’s transition towards more equitable and resilient local economies. Creative placemaking has gained steady momentum across the country and region as an approach that can drive crosssector engagement and transformation in communities of all types. CAN commissioned this scan of creative placemaking in Central Appalachia in order to understand what creative placemaking looks like on the ground, assess the state of the field regionally, offer ideas to strengthen and accelerate current momentum, and ultimately bring more attention and resources to advance the approach of creative placemaking in the region.

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