Five Books for the Fight Ahead

Also: Organizing Will Win ● When a Community Developer Gets $3M for the Arts ● In Troubled Times, Take Stock of Our Community Wealth
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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Funmilola Fagbamila, arts and culture director and organizer with Black Lives Matter, has been awarded a UCLA Inaugural 2017 Activist-In-Residence Fellowship. See more information about Fagbamila and the fellowship here.

Lisa Hasegawa, former executive director of National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Development, has been awarded a UCLA Inaugural 2017 Activist-In-Residence Fellowship. See more information about Hasegawa and the fellowship here.


Webinar | Why Housing Messages Backfire and What We Can Do | Jan. 31, 2 p.m. ET

Join the National Housing Conference, Enterprise Community Partners, and the FrameWorks Institute for a discussion of housing messaging pitfalls and simple things housers can do to advocate more effectively and build support for affordable housing.

Webinar | Highlighting New Federal Reserve Research on Philanthropic Grantmaking Across the U.S | Jan. 26, 12 p.m. ET

This webinar will provide foundation representatives a chance to learn how community and economic development grant capital is distributed across metropolitan areas in the U.S. and how local communities can bolster their capacity to absorb various forms of capital for their development efforts.


Disrupting Poverty: Creating a Market that Values Health

David Erickson, director of Community Development at the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank, suggests a new approach to disrupting poverty and improving community well-being.


Empowering Formerly Incarcerated Individuals with Entrepreneurship Training and Access to Microloans

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently announced the Aspire Challenge, a prize competition to expand access to entrepreneurial education and microloans for formerly incarcerated individuals and non-violent ex-offenders. Applications due Feb. 12.

ArtPlace Announces Open Applications Round for National Creative Placemaking Fund

Artplace America has $9.5 million available for projects that work with artists and arts organizations to build stronger, healthier communities. Registration deadline Feb. 14. Applications due Feb. 22. More details and application process can be found here.

Five for the Frontlines: Books to Prepare for the Fight Ahead
James Tracy, San Francisco Community Land Trust
While the stakes are too high to lock one's self away in a Scandinavian country and just read over the next four years, these five books stand out particularly because they provide clues on what good organizing might look like in the years ahead.

Organizing Will Win
Laura Barrett, Interfaith Worker Justice
There is much to be hopeful about: a new generation of activists being called to serve; the dynamic organizing in worker centers, faith-labor coalitions, and unions nationwide; and the fact that worker justice issues are consistently supported by a large majority of Americans in every state. Here are several key victories from 2016 that the movement will build on . . . More

In Troubled Times, Taking Stock of Our Community Wealth
Steve Dubb, The Democracy Collaborative
As we in the community wealth building field think about how to face the current federal environment, it might be helpful to take stock of where gains have occurred. Among many others, here is a list of five. More


Amy Evans
What Happens When a Community Developer Gets $3M for the Arts
Amy Evans, writer and educator
ArtPlace America's Community Development Investments program gave multiyear funding and support to community development organizations that had not previously used arts and culture strategies in their work. We spoke with three of the six grantees to see how their first year went.

Looking at Places Through Artists' Eyes
How an Alaskan housing authority plans to focus on creative placemaking as a development strategy to better reflect the communities it serves. More

Preserving the Character of Little Tokyo
In the wake of rapid gentrification, an organization in Los Angeles leverages the arts to celebrate a community's rich heritage and keep social equity as a priority.  More

An Appetite for Art in Small Town Minnesota
In rapidly diversifying rural Minnesota, an ArtPlace grant is seen as a resource for celebrating cultures and creating bridges between them. More

Shelterforce's arts, culture, and community development reporting is supported by the Kresge Foundation.

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