Placemaking Newsletter - June 2018

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Placemaking Newsletter - June 2018

Placemaking Indiana’s monthly newsletter celebrates placemaking happening locally and nationally. We share placemaking trends and opportunities to inspire and support the work you do in your communities.


My Community, My Vision

My Community, My Vision (MCMV) is a youth planning partnership between the IHCDA and IUPUI’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. MCMV engages high school youth and local leadership to create a youth-driven plan for future development in their hometown.  Participating groups will receive a small grant for a project. Applications are due in September. For more information on the program and the application process for this year’s MCMV program, register to attend the free webinar. Click here to register for the 2018-2019 MCMV webinar on July 10th at 10 am EST.

Phoenix Theatre Moves to New Neighborhood

After 30 years of memories at their previous “Old Church” location, the Phoenix Theatre moved into a brand new facility at 705 N. Illinois Street last April. Check out their new Cultural Centre on the north end of downtown Indianapolis!


Best Summer Gotta-dos…

Visit Indiana has compiled an exciting list of the top ten family friendly activities around the state for families to enjoy this summer. 

Fort Wayne

“Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper” Placemaking

Fort Wayne is experimenting with “Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper” Placemaking. This type of placemaking focuses on temporary changes to a public space to see how the community reacts and, hopefully, interacts with the space. Fort Wayne’s experiment involved slowing down traffic through public art efforts as well as holding organized events near the intersection at hand. This was all done through AARP’s Community Challenge and Team Better Block in collaboration with the City of Fort Wayne. 

Funding Opportunities

  • The Levitt Foundation offers grants for free concerts in cities with less than 400,000 people. The 2019 Grant Application opens on July 17th.

Webinars and Conferences

  • IHCDA is hosting a free webinar about My Community, My Vision on July 10th from 10-11 am EST.
  • Patronicity is hosting a free webinar called “Community Crowdfunding: Learn from the Experts.” This will be on Thursday, June 28th at 1 pm EST and hosted by Partonicity.
  • “Walkable Transformations: Healthy, Active, and Engaged Communities” free webinar will be on June 21 at 2 p.m.
  • These past webinars from the National Association of Realtors focus on affordable housing opportunities and programs.
  • The Walk Bike Places conference to promote greater access to walking and bicycling for cohesive and vibrant communities will be held in New Orleans on September 16-19.

  • Community Builders offers free webinars on community development and placemaking.

Resources and Guides on Placemaking

  • Reimagining your public spaces by saying "yes" instead of "no" on park signage.
  • How to establish partners for community planning.
  • A guide for how local government officials should pay attention to their public spaces.
  • Learn about great things happening in Indiana on Aim Indiana’s podcast, Hometown Innovations, here.

  • Indiana Landmarks serves as a resource for historic preservation in your community, such as their 10 Most Endangered list.

Case Studies

  • What are cities around the world doing when it comes to engaging young children (ages 0-5) and their families in the city building process?

Placemaking in the News

  • Carmel, IN current placemaking efforts focus on trails and greenways
  • Pop-ups promote small businesses and the creative community in vacant retail spaces

  • Do Amenities matter when attracting workforce?


  •  CEO – Brown County Community Foundation
Carmen Lethig

Contact me with ideas, comments, or questions:

Carmen Lethig, IHCDA Placemaking Manager at or 317.234.6290. If your agency has a new staff member who wishes to receive this newsletter, please e-mail