Gentrification and Sustaining Neighborhoods

Rosie Gordon-Wallace
Germane Barnes
Imani Jacqueline Brown
Martina Dodd
Bryan Brooks

Arts organizations often find themselves in the uniquely difficult position of both cultural agents and ushers of private sector incentives and rapid (and often aggressive) neighborhood development. In the interest of sustaining community relevance, arts organizations must recognize their part in the complex social process of gentrification and neighborhood transition.

Organizations working to preserve and cultivate arts and cultural practice have the power to create and make accessible work that is an intentional tool for learning, dialogue, and shaping the way complex social processes like gentrification change their community. The collected effort of diverse organizations in process, systems, and community engagement can alleviate the recurrent inequitable patterns of development. Through the power of collective intentionality, how can arts organizations shift the relationship between artists and evolving neighborhoods?