Municipal-Artist Partnership Guide

A joint project of A BLADE OF GRASS & ANIMATING DEMOCRACY, a program of Americans for the Arts

Across the country, local governments are partnering with artists to bring creative fresh thinking and creative practices to improve local government.  Together, both are building new capacities to address community goals and the way government works.  Animating Democracy joined A Blade of Grass to develop an accessible, practical guide intended to help municipal agency staff, artists, and arts agency leaders navigate such collaborations and to achieve positive and powerful artistic and community results. 

Drawing on the experience and perspectives of artists, municipal staff, and intermediaries who have made their partnerships work for the public good, the Municipal-Artist Partnership Guide:

  • introduces a spectrum of partnership/program MODELS
  • synthesizes guiding PRINCIPLES, VALUES, and BEST PRACTICES
  • features the voices of partners on COMMON CHALLENGES and ways to approach them
  • offers PROFILES of partnerships, TOOLS, MODEL DOCUMENTS, and PRINT and VIDEO RESOURCES from a number of remarkable partnerships 
  • testifies to the VALUE-ADD and IMPACT of engaging artists in municipal settings

Check out the Municipal-Artist Partnership Guide at this link:

Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts/Our Town and the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation