• A Time-Tested Gateway to Arts Funding for Rural Communities

    April Greene interviews Jamie Hand, the Director of Research Strategies at ArtPlace and former Director of CIRD; Jen Hughes, the current Program Director of CIRD and the NEA’s Design and Creative Placemaking Director; and Cynthia Nikitin, Senior VP at Project for Public Spaces and current Director of CIRD. Greene not only provides an introduction to the CIRD program for ArtPlace readers but also chronicles the trajectory of the program from its early stages to the present, featuring CIRD’s importance in fostering creative strategies for community-driven development in small towns across America.

  • Rural Design Experts get Glimpse of Greenville’s Offerings, Shortcomings

    Kristina Norman’s article for the Delta Democrat Times captures the CIRD team’s visit to Greenville, Mississippi. Norman describes the team’s initial impression, illuminating the issues that the CIRD workshop and resource team members will seek to address in Greenville’s move towards racial and economic equitability through the redevelopment of their historic downtown.  

  • Four Rural Communities Chosen to Receive $45,000 in Design Assistance

    The Citizens' Institute on Rural DesignTM (CIRD), an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) managed by Project for Public Spaces, is pleased to announce four communities selected to host rural design workshops for the 2018 program year.  Recommended by a review panel of rural experts, the four host communities are: Greenville, Mississippi; Las Vegas, New Mexico; Tuttle, North Dakota; and Valentine, Nebraska. 

  • Resources Available for Rural Communities Facing Design Challenges. Application Deadline is February 16, 2018

    The  Citizens' Institute on Rural DesignTM (CIRD), a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, has issued a request for proposals inviting communities to apply for design assistance. The CIRD program provides rural communities with populations of 50,000 or less the opportunity to address challenges related to economic vitality and quality of life by employing design solutions. . CIRD convenes two-day workshops with design professionals, local leaders, community organizations, and residents to create a plan for tackling issues around three topic areas—multimodal transportation, healthy living by design, and main street revitalization.

  • Exploring Higher Ground: Honoring Tribal Tradition in Louisiana's Climate Resettlement Plan

    In anticipation of the Tribe’s imminent resettlement from their ancestral land along the coast of Louisiana, in January 2017 the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe (IdJC Tribe) gathered for a pivotal community workshop, with support from the Citizen’s Institute on Rural DesignTM(CIRD).  The two-day workshop brought together an unprecedented group of Tribal members, a large and diverse resource team, and state, federal, and local government representatives, who were instrumental in developing a sensitive yet practical approach to the resettlement.