ARTPLACE AMERICA is a ten-year collaboration (2010-2020) among a number of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions with a mission is to position arts and culture as a core sector of community planning and development. To this end, the collaborative has invested $104 million to grow the field of creative placemaking through in-depth investments and research. As a two-time grant recipient and ongoing collaborator, Theo Edmonds was was asked to pen a series of 4 articles outlining how the corporate community might structure next-gen partnerships with the creative industries that improve employee health and enterprise performance. The four articles below are the result of the collaboration.

Article One: What Business Gets Wrong About Health

Jul 10, 2019

Numbers alone may move businesses and markets, but culture is the operating system that guides communities. In the first of a series of guest posts, Theo Edmonds explains what many businesses miss when they strive to improve employee and community health, and how creative placemaking can help bridge the gaps. ... Read More

Article TWO: An Epidemic of Hijacked Imagination

Jul 23, 2019

While we aren’t always aware of the culture that surrounds us, the messages we receive about our communities and ways of life have a great impact on our health. In the second of a series of guest posts, Theo Edmonds explains how culture and community affect the wellbeing of individuals, populations, businesses, and the economy. ... Read More

Article THREE: Why Cultural Wellbeing Matters for Employees & Companies

Aug 13, 2019

When employees don’t feel they can bring their “whole selves” to work, creativity, productivity, and ultimately a business’s success can also suffer. In the third of a series of guest posts, Theo Edmonds explains how diversity, inclusion, innovation, and production interrelate, and how a new framework could help all sides measure and manage “cultural wellbeing” in the private sector... Read More

Article FOUR: COMing soon


December 2018 keynote presentation at HighTech/HumanHealth Summit at Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark . Presentation begins at :40 into the video.