Municipal-Artist Partnership Guide

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Publication Date: 
March 2020
Jan Cohen-Cruz and Pam Korza
Animating Democracy resource

Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts, and A Blade of Grass  created the Municipal-Artist Partnership Guide (MAP), a practical digital resource to help artists and city leadership, as well as organizations supporting their efforts, establish strong collaborations that benefit their communities. The MAP Guide responds to growing interest in engaging artists’ creative thinking and skills in municipal government work toward achieving internal and community goals. It addresses common questions about how to structure and navigate partnerships across different ways of working and to evaluate those partnerships. The guide draws upon the experience of scores of programs across the country to capture principles and best practices. It contains partnership profiles of exemplary programs, tools, sample documents, and other resources that help prospective partners get started and establish effective relationships. MAP is supported by an NEA Our Town grant and funding from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.  Visit to use this free resource. 

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