SHREVEPORT COMMON is a newly-named, historic, nine-block area at the western edge of downtown Shreveport, Louisiana. Now in the Implementation Phase, the Arts-driven Vision Plan fosters a process for transformational revitalization to a creative cultural neighborhood...
Shreveport’s first UNCOMMON Community.
The plan and process, built on the precepts of Creative Placemaking, puts the Arts at the helm of collaborative partnerships with City, Parish, property owners, stakeholder and the community-at-large for dramatic visioning, strategizing, and project by project completions of 36 major public and private initiatives by over 30 partners. Shreveport Common has been highlighted as one of the nation's premier Creative Placemaking projects by MIT Dept of Urban Studies and Planning. Read an excerpt from their report here.
The year-long community Visioning process resulted in a City Council/MPC approved Vision Plan for Shreveport Common that imagines an Authentic, Sustainable, Creative Community; one that places Northwest Louisiana Artists on design teams for community green spaces, alternative transportation initiatives, and new and renovated residences; imagines arts and cultural Live/Work spaces and marketplaces; and includes Public Art and Arts programming that under-girds a change from empty streets to a vibrant, animated place.
Shreveport Common was conceived after a devastating fire engulfed the Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s (SRAC) headquarters on August 25, 2009. Then-Mayor Cedric B. Glover, City Council members and department leaders pledged a “new day” in the glow of the still-raging fire, vowing to move from Tragedy to Trajectory. Within days, the historic Central Fire Station was identified as the new headquarters for the Arts, transforming into Central ARTSTATION, housing SRAC’s administrative offices and functions, while serving the individual artists and arts organizations in a dramatic new way. This decision, in Mayor Glover’s words, has the potential to “change the landscape of downtown Shreveport.”
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