(ShelterForce) How housing orgs changed after $3M in arts funding

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Three years ago, Shelterforce covered the stories of a handful of community development organizations that had begun work under multi-million dollar grants from ArtPlace. The grants gave housing and social service providers an opportunity to explore whether they could further their missions by integrating arts and culture strategies into their work. The initiative—the Community Development Investments (CDI) program—has ended, but the work hasn’t. Over the last few weeks, we've published articles that followed up on the three organizations we featured to see what they did, what they learned, and most importantly, whether they permanently changed the way they operate.
Tamara Holmes, Shelterforce
What do mimes, micro-units, and honoring Alaskan Natives have in common? Artists! The Cook Inlet Housing Authority's work with artists helped the organization realize new markers of success and furthered its housing goals. Read More
Amy Evans, Shelterforce
An in-depth look at the many lessons the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership learned after receiving a multimillion grant to integrate arts and culture strategies in its work. Read more
Tamara Holmes, Shelterforce
The Little Tokyo Service Center used art to inspire activism, and increase awareness of the community’s cultural assets. Read More
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