City of Keene Arts Policy



Arts Alive! is working with Taryn Fisher, of Antioch University New England, to convene partners to develop an arts policy for the city of Keene. This will take the arts-related vision communicated in the city's master plan, and turn it into actionable policy and implementation.

This group will meet monthly, and in workgroups between monthly meetings to move the process forward.  Focus areas will include:

Understand how the city currently supports the arts

  • Look to other communities and sectors for model policies, including the "Complete Streets" policy
  • Organize and collect current information on local artists, organizations, and public art from Arts Alive!, Friends of Public Art, Creative Ground, and other partners
  • Organize and collect current economic impact data to make an argument for public investment

Our goal is to present a policy or clear outline or goals, procedures, and players to the Keene City Council in late summer 2017.

Arts Alive! envisions this policy to be a template which we will work with partners and volunteers to distribute to other towns in the Monadnock region so that all of the town master plans that include the arts will now have a means to implement their creative community visions!

For more information, or to get involved Contact Us

  • First meeting - February 10th at 4pm at Antioch in Keene - Agenda || Notes from the Meeting
  • 3/10 at 4pm at Antioch in Keene - Agenda || Notes from the Meeting
  • 4/7 at 4pm at the Colonial Theatre's Colonial Corner meeting space
  • 5/5 at 4pm at Antioch in Keene
  • 6/9 at 4pm at the Colonial Theatre's Colonial Corner meeting space
  • 7/14 at 4pm at Antioch in Keene

OF NOTE: Free Public Art Workshops for Artists

Public Art How To Workshops with UMass Arts Extension Service.  3 locations coming up soon!

  • Chicopee: Feb 16; 
  • Springfield: March 14;
  • Turners Falls: March 15

OF NOTE: Free Publication on Creative Placemaking from National Endowment for the Arts 

In its ongoing commitment to producing resources for community engagement with the arts, the National Endowment for the Arts has published How to Do Creative Placemaking: An Action-Oriented Guide to Arts in Community Development. The book features 28 essays from thought leaders active in arts-based community development as well as 13 case studies of projects funded through the NEA’s creative placemaking program, Our Town.

How to Do Creative Placemaking is intended as a primer for those interested in bringing the arts to the community development table as a tool—along with housing, transportation, public health, and other sectors—to advance revitalization efforts in an authentic way.

“The book is meant to help people start working with the arts to make their place better,” says NEA Director of Design and Creative Placemaking Jason Schupbach, “We wanted to create something easy to use and full of options for communities to begin doing this work, or to improve what they have already started.”