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The Beautiful

The Realm of Aesthetics, Design, and the Arts

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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Nashville and the Future of Civic Engagement

Transportation debates, like the famed battle between Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses over a proposed expressway through Manhattan, have historically been a local affair. This may be changing. Recent events in Tennessee show that even a local transportation project with widespread support from citizens across the political spectrum is not immune to the ideological politicization that has gripped our national discourse.

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Coming Together: Food and Art in the City

In an era of entrenched urban divisions and diminishing public spaces, food and art can be powerful mediums of connection and unity. A recent conference explored what that looks like.

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