Girl Dancing with Banjo Player in Grand Rapids Fall October 2012 During ArtPrize
The Michigan Municipal League represents cities, villages and urban townships throughout Michigan. We’re constantly visiting communities all over our great state and often post photos of the placemaking assets we find that make Michigan economically vibrant once again. Placemaking is about building communities where people want to live work and play. Practicing what it preaches, the League created the Center for 21st Century Communities: www.mml.org/resources/21c3/about.html. This program identifies eight assets that make for vibrant communities. Those eight assets are physical design and walkability, green initiatives, cultural and economic development, entrepreneurship, multiculturalism, messaging and technology, transit and education. The League traveled to Grand Rapids during ArtPrize in October 2012 because the city and ArtPrize (www.artprize.org/) show several of these assets at work. ArtPrize in just a few short years has become one of Michigan’s premiere events. Check out the many sights and sounds of ArtPrize and in this photo set on flickr. The League’s 2011 Convention was in Grand Rapids during ArtPrize and you can check out the 2011 ArtPrize photos here (www.flickr.com/photos/michigancommunities/sets/7215762789...) and 2011 Convention photos here: www.flickr.com/photos/michigancommunities/collections/721.... Our 2012 Convention took place on Mackinac Island and you can view photos from that here in this collection (www.flickr.com/photos/michigancommunities/collections/721...). Our 2013 Convention will be in Detroit. For more about the Michigan Municipal League and what we do go to mml.org. For more about Convention go to convention.mml.org and follow the League and the Convention on Twitter at @mmleague and the hashtag #mmlconv. View a blog about placemaking called economicsofplace.com (www.economicsofplace.com/).