The Endowment of “The Beautiful” encompasses the built environment and urban design crucial to the infrastructure of the city and, by extension, the flourishing of its citizens. Equally important, the role of the arts and creative expression, at the level of community, play a key role in the health and vitality of the urban commons, particularly in their potential to foster imaginative responses to urban challenges and dialogue across societal boundaries.
Central to this endowment is the idea of “place-making”— a concept that brings together (a) changes to the physical structure of the city responsive to human ecology and (b) the creative activity by which individuals and communities make a place more vibrantly their own. Place-making weaves a richer picture of crucial interconnections between the lived experience of the city and the formation of civic virtue central to thriving cities and communities
To learn more about the Endowment of the Beautiful, download our research brief below.
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