Placemaking: Creativity Driven Development for Places & Businesses

An Introduction

My sons and me on the peak of the Grand Teton, August 2015. The hardest and most rewarding experience of my life.

I am a Baton Rouge-based (by way of Chapel Hill and Brooklyn) economist and public policy consultant who helps companies, organizations, government agencies, and places build stronger businesses, economies and communities with creative strategies. Learn more about me here.

Projects describes some of the arts-driven efforts I’ve led. Arts & Aesthetics is my blog about arts, placemaking, and cultural issues in New York City and elsewhere. Why Placemaking? explains placemaking and why it is important. If you are interested in my art take a look at ChrisBeachamPaints.com.

Before New York I was Director of Creative Economies at the North Carolina Arts Council. There I led the SmART Initiative, the state’s preeminent arts-driven economic and community development program. We worked with communities across the state, large and small, to use arts, culture, shared history, and creativity to build stronger economies and communities. You can listen to an interview with me here by a foundation funder of the SmART Initiative that gives a pretty good overview of the initiative.