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Place Project Spreads Artistic Model of Resident Engagement to New Communities

“Tearing buildings down is quick. Changing neighborhoods by activating abandoned buildings through art—the kind of community engagement I do—takes time,” says Theaster Gates, director of the Arts and Public Life initiative at the University of Chicago. Here, Gates describes his experience with the Place Project, a Knight Foundation-funded program that uses arts and culture to spur revitalization in communities.

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