small and mid-sized organizations involved in the visual, plastic, literary, and performing arts


municipal leaders, urban planners,
and design firms


entrepreneurial companies,
solution-oriented collaboratives,
and individual artists


commercial and mixed-use property owners, managers, and designers

Whether they express their creativity in the arts, sciences, engineering, socially-driven entrepreneurship or elsewhere, small businesses and cultural organizations are transformational drivers in our communities with the potential to lead us towards more sustainable, just, equitable, and enjoyable futures.

Creative communities come in many sizes from towns of 100 to cities of more than 1 million. They celebrate their diversity. They invest in STEAM education, cultural activities, and local businesses. They collaborate across sectors to develop solutions to social, economic, and environmental challenges. And, they understand how important equity is to ensuring every member of the community thrives.

In order to effectively realize their visions, creative small businesses, cultural organizations, and communities must be clear about their aspirations, intentions, and the steps and resources necessary to achieve them. They must also be ready to transform, which requires creative strategies, applicable research, and the confidence to make the desired changes.