SHREVEPORT COMMON is a historic, nine-block area at the eastern edge of Shreveport’s HUD Choice neighborhood and the western edge of downtown Shreveport, Louisiana. Now in the Implementation Phase, the Arts-led Vision Plan fosters a process for transformational revitalization to a creative cultural neighborhood...
Shreveport’s first UNCOMMON Community.
The planning process, built on the precepts of Creative Placemaking, put the Arts and artists at the helm of collaborative partnerships with City, Parish, property owners, stakeholders, neighbors and the community-at-large for innovative visioning, strategizing a public/private transformation to a creative cultural community. To date, $46 million has been invested by over 30 public/private partners advancing 36 major initiatives - all with a commitment to keeping the neighbors integral to the new cultural community. 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 built on the tenets of Authenticity, Sustainability, Creativity and Community; giving neighbors first voice, and placing Northwest Louisiana Artists on design teams for community green spaces, alternative transportation initiatives, new and renovated residences, imaginative Live/Work spaces, marketplaces and makerspaces. Public Art and Arts programming under-gird 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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