Placemaking Newsletter - August 2018

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Placemaking Newsletter - August 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.


Improving Life Through Placemaking

The IndyStar’s Tim Swarens offers six crazy ideas to improve life in Indianapolis through placemaking. What are your crazy ideas to improve life in Indiana? 


Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper

Indiana towns attract visitors by hosting seasonal events in their communities. These crowd-drawing events are a great opportunity for communities to test out “Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper” placemaking projects. Check out these suggestions from the Project for Public Spaces to prepare for events and festivals this fall.


The Parklands of Jasper

Jasper, IN recently dedicated a new park deemed The Parklands of Jasper.” This $7.5 million, 75 acre park will be a destination for rural Indiana as it truly encompasses Project for Public Spaces’ Power of 10+.  

Funding Opportunities

  • Applications for the youth community development program My Community, My Vision are due to IHCDA on September 10.
  • Install dynamic and fun public spaces with IHCDA’s CreatINg Places program.
  • The Surdna Foundation funds projects focused on strong local economies, sustainable environments, and thriving cultures. 
  • The Indiana DNR Division of Forestry’s Community and Urban Forestry Assistance grants are due September 28th. The funding is to inventory, plan, evaluate, educate, and plant trees.
  • INDOT’s Community Crossings Matching Grant for shovel ready local construction projects is due on September 28th. 
  • The Indiana Office of Tourism Development offers grants to local governments and non-profits for tourism promotion and development. Call for applications begins in September and applications are due December 3, 2018.
  • The Walmart Foundation provides grants for community development projects to benefit low income populations. Application due December 31, 2018.  
  • Kaboom offers playground grants to help communities build safe places for kids to play.

    Webinars and Conferences

    • The 2018 Indiana Bike & Walk Summit is August 29 and 30 in downtown Indianapolis.
    • The Indiana Arts Commission is hosting the Indiana Arts Homecoming conference on October 18 – 19 in Fort Wayne.
    • 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.
    • The Project for Public Spaces offers a variety of conferences and events on placemaking.
    • Community Builders offers webinars on community development and placemaking.

    Resources and Guides on Placemaking

    • Placemaking improves places by focusing on the place and its people. 
    • Indiana Landmarks is a statewide non-profit organization that helps save and revitalize historic places. They offer resources and statewide events focused on preservation and place.
    • The terms gentrification and displacement are often used interchangeably. Two short videos explain gentrification and displacement. 
    • City Lab’s University series offers a lesson in inclusionary zoning.

    Case Studies

    • Route 66 is a case study for repurposing historic highways as bike routes in rural America. 
    • The Dutch show how to create bicycling infrastructure to transform a city and maybe a whole country. 
    • The creation of small green spaces can help improve mental health in neighborhoods.

    Placemaking in the News


            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