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Community engagement – the core of CPAD’s effectiveness

Through regular neighborhood meetings, CPAD supports cooperative research and collaboratively identifies, from a “ground up” community perspective, specific public art projects and events that engage residents and stakeholders in making an impact on their specific community’s development. Rather than starting with art, CPAD begins a conversation about existing opportunities, resources, and challenges- taking an asset-based approach. Discussions of possible art projects and activities grow out of this community-based conversation. CPAD has seen the level of community engagement in its focus neighborhoods continually increase as residents demonstrate the power of the arts to make real and positive change. Moving forward, CPAD looks to share its communities’ successes as inspiration for other Detroit communities to consider public arts as an engagement and development tool moving forward.