SXSW 2024

Creative Placekeeping: Elevating Arts & Fostering Community


Creatives working at the intersection of art, equity, and community development are making positive impacts on historically disinvested neighborhoods while maintaining the authenticity and character that makes each community unique. From affordable homeownership initiatives to creative co-op spaces and ventures, this discussion will delve into unique collaborative strategies that empower artists as catalysts for positive change, creating harmonious neighborhoods and sustainable urban landscapes.

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  1. Who needs to have a seat at the table when framing and implementing plans for transformative community development?
  2. Is it possible to elevate a historically disinvested community without triggering gentrification?
  3. How can we debunk the “starving artist myth” and prove that artistry and prosperity can go hand in hand?



Kaveh Razani, Co-Director, St. Louis Art Place Initiative

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Culture
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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